Mortality rates higher in COVID-19 patients with preexisting cardiovascular diseases, study says

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Patients with cardiovascular diseases had worse outcomes than the general population after contracting COVID-19, according to a study presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association Nov. 17.

Researchers analyzed data from 28,299 COVID-19 patients hospitalized at 52 U.S. hospitals up to July 1.

Most hospitalized patients had at least one preexisting cardiovascular disease. About 50.4 percent of patients had hypertension. Of COVID-19 patients, 20.7 percent died in the hospital, but having heart failure increased mortality to 34.2 percent. Patients who had a cardiovascular event in a hospital also experienced high mortality rates.

Pharmaceutical Technology reported on the study Nov. 20, available here.

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