Many scientists are analyzing the effect of the novel coronavirus on infected people. One of the latest studies may help detect which COVID-19 patients with traces of heart injury have a higher risk of dying.
Doctors analyzed 305 hospitalized patients with increased troponin levels, a protein released when the heart gets injured.
They reported the findings on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
They discovered that the increased risk for death was significantly increased among the patients who suffered changes in the heart’s size, structure, shape, and function, as seen during echocardiograms.
Death rates reached 5.2% among troponin patients in their blood, 18.6% when troponin was high, but the heart was overall normal, and 31.7% in those with elevated troponin and extensive heart changes.
COVID-19 – infected patients with increased troponin levels should undergo echocardiography “to guide further diagnostic testing and treatment strategies,” according to the study’s coauthor DR. Gennaro Giustino from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
“Patients with a bad echo need much closer follow-up and more aggressive treatments,” added Dr. Carl Lavie from the Ochsner Health in New Orleans, who was also involved in the study.
In some USA areas, during some of the numerous COVID-19 outbreaks, the novel virus likely became the leading cause of death among adults between 25 and 44 years old.
Also, excessive usage of antibiotics, which can provoke harmful bacteria developing resistance to the life-saving drugs some patients heavily depend on, was noticed, a study says.
Try to avoid abusing the medication, as it can often lead to damage rather than healing.