By Steven Reinberg
THURSDAY January 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Patients with heart failure may be almost twice as likely to die if they contract COVID-19, according to a new study.
“Our results support the prioritization heart failure patients for COVID-19 vaccination once it becomes available, “said researcher Dr Amardeep Dastidar, an interventional cardiologist consulting at the North Bristol NHS Trust and the Bristol Heart Institute in England.” Meanwhile, the high-risk groups and be advised to maintain social distancing and wear a mask to prevent infection. “
Heart failure is the progressive weakening of the heart’s ability to pump blood and can cause shortness of breath, tired. The sudden and severe worsening of symptoms is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization.
In an analysis of 283 patients admitted to a single hospital with acute heart failure, researchers found a substantial but statistically insignificant decrease in admissions for acute heart failure pandemic.
In the eight weeks leading up to COVID, 164 patients were admitted, compared to 119 patients after COVID, according to the study published Jan. 7 in the journal ESC heart failure.
“This finding may reflect public concerns about social distancing at the start of the national lockdown, the late notification of symptoms and anxiety over hospital attendance, “Dastidar said in a press release.” In support of these explanations, our data shows an increase in referrals in the last few weeks of online lockdowns with UK media reports encouraging patients to see a doctor if needed. “
The number of deaths of patients with acute heart failure nearly doubled during the pandemic. About 11% of patients in the pre-COVID group died within 30 days, compared to 21% of the post-COVID group, the researchers found.
“This may suggest a direct interaction or a susceptibility to worse outcomes for patients with acute heart failure with superimposed COVID infection,” Dastidar said. “It should be noted that our region had very low rates of COVID infection during the study and yet a link to higher mortality was still apparent.”
To learn more about heart failure, see the American Heart Association.
SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, press release, January 7, 2021