Therapy Areas: Cardiovascular
New study indicates that heart attack patients with COVID-19 have lower survival rate
2 November 2021 -

A new study suggests that the odds of surviving a heart attack are significantly lower when a person also has COVID-19, even though such patients tend to be generally younger than typical heart patients, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.

The researchers reviewed data on more than 80,000 people who had heart attacks in the United States in 2019 or 2020.

Most of them, about 76,000, had heart attacks at home or at work, or in some other community setting. In this group, 15.2% of those with COVID-19 later died in the hospital, compared to 11.2% of heart attack patients without COVID-19.

According to a report published on 29 October 2021 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), among the roughly 4,000 patients who were already hospitalised when the heart attack occurred, 78.5% of those with COVID-19 died, compared to 46.1% of those without COVID-19.

The researchers found that overall, the COVID-19 heart attack patients were more likely to have gone into cardiac arrest and less likely to undergo procedures to reopen clogged heart arteries.

According to the study's researchers, more research is needed to understand why a diagnosis of COVID-19 increases the risk for death in patients having heart attacks.