New study published in JAMA Internal Medicine On September 28, 1,309 patients were seen at a Michigan hospital with coronovirus. Of those patients, 60 ended heart attacks and 54 of them met the study criteria of researchers. In the end, none of these 54 patients survived COVID, even though 29 were temporarily resuscitated through CPR.
In comparison, prior to the COVID epidemic, researchers noted that 25 percent of hospital patients who suffer from cardiac arrest survive. But according to their research, at least 90 percent of COVID patients with heart attacks died.
According to the new study, at the time of their cardiac arrest, 79 percent of patients were receiving mechanical ventilation, 33 percent were undergoing kidney replacement therapy, and about 47 percent were being given vasopressor support.
The authors of the study wrote, “These results explore more about the risks and benefits of performing prolonged CPR in this subset of patients, as the resuscitation process produces aerosols that cause high-risk health care to contract the virus. Can keep personnel, ”the study authors wrote.
However, not all experts agree with researchers’ conclusions about CPR and coronavirus patients. In fact, J. Randall CurtisA professor of pulmonology with the University of Washington in Seattle, who was not involved in the study, told HealthDay News that while CPR increases the amount of virus in the air, “the risk to hospital personnel is relatively low.” He says that most COVID patients who suffer from heart attacks have very serious cases that are already in isolation within the ICU and should provide adequate protection to personal protective equipment (PPE) workers.
“I don’t think we can say that cardiac arrest is always fatal,” said Curtis. “I think we can say in this setting of cardiac arrest and COVID that cardiac resuscitation is very unlikely to work.”
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According to Curtis, most coronovirus patients who have heart attacks do so because their lung disease has become so severe that they are not getting enough oxygen and their body is shutting down. Therefore, even if they are revived, their hearts will have to continue to fight against the lack of oxygen in their bodies from their damaged lungs – and this reduces their chances of survival. For more damage COVID can cause damage, here is how your heart, the doctor says, even mild COVID can cause havoc.