COVID-19 Tied to Increased Risk for CV Events and Death
COVID-19 infection is associated with an elevated risk for incident cardiovascular disease events and death compared with those with no history of COVID-19, a retrospective analysis shows. The risk for adverse outcomes and death was highest among those hospitalized for COVID-19, but, in those not hospitalized, there was still an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) and mortality after infection. Notably, events with the largest risks for those hospitalized for COVID were stroke, VTE, and heart failure, but increases were also seen in incident atrial fibrillation (AF), pericarditis, and myocardial infarction (MI), Zahra Raisi-Estabragh, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, and colleagues reported.
@adriza The study team set out to assess the relationship between incident cardiovascular events and COVID-19 using data from the UK Biobank. They evaluated 35,742 propensity score-matched uninfected controls and 17,871 participants with a history of COVID-19. Females accounted for 55.3% of the whole UK Biobank cohort, and their median age was 69 years. The researchers followed the patients from March 2020 to the time of a cardiovascular event, until a patient died, or until March 2021. Of the 17,871 COVID-19 cases included in the study, 14,304 didn't require hospitalization, 866 patients were found to have COVID-19 but were hospitalized for other conditions, and 2701 required hospital admission for their COVID infection.