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From rhythm disturbance to stop: how the coronavirus hits the heart



The study showed that patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units often develop cardiac pathologies, reports

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Scientists from around the world continue to collect data on coronavirus: this helps to develop treatment, writes MedicalNewsToday.

In winter, researchers from Wuhan noted that all infected with COVID-19 had an increased risk of arrhythmia, which could lead to cardiac arrest and other serious problems. Now, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania believe that arrhythmia is a consequence of systemic problems, and not the direct effect of infection.

To determine the risk of cardiac arrest with COVID-19, they examined data from 700 infected patients admitted to hospital at the university. Experts took into account concomitant diseases, demographic information, test results and treatment.

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As a result, arrhythmia developed in 53 patients, in 25 cases - atrial fibrillation. In addition, there were 9 cases of bradyarrhythmia and 10 cases of ventricular tachycardia. Of 700 patients, 11% needed hospitalization due to cardiac abnormalities. 9 of them had cardiac arrest.

An important observation of scientists: patients admitted to intensive care were more prone to arrhythmias and cardiac arrest than patients hospitalized with COVID-19, but not requiring intensive care.

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