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People with this heart condition are at high risk for COVID-19 complications – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Weather in Indiana

by: dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A new study shows that people with certain heart conditions are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19.

The disease is called atrial fibrillation or AFib. It is characterized as a shaky, irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart failure.

Scientists at Utah-based nonprofit Intermountain Healthcare examined 3,119 people infected with COVID-19 between March 2020 and May 2021. All were diagnosed with AFib prior to viral infection.

They found that patients were almost 62% more likely to have life-threatening cardiac events than patients without AFib. Patients were also 40% more likely to die from COVID-19 disease.

“We often think of AFib as a more annoying arrhythmia that can cause unpleasant symptoms and is generally not life-threatening,” said lead researcher Dr. Michael J. Cutler in an earlier interview. “However, the findings of our study suggest that patients with AFib are at higher risk than the general population for serious complications from COVID-19.”

Cutler goes on to say that he hopes this research will raise awareness among people with atrial fibrillation so that they can take appropriate precautions to prevent a coronavirus infection.