Is the presence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) dangerous in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients?
There are many acknowledged risk factors for COVID-19 complications including lung disease, a history of a heart attack, and congestive heart failure. It also appears anyone with high blood pressure on medications is also at higher risk.
Recently, researchers looked at people with evidence of coronary artery disease based on CT scanning to determine if coronary calcification is a risk factor. (Remember…I am against routine CT scanning to look for coronary calcium…massive radiation, little added information).
The May 2020 study looked at patients 40-80 years of age without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) who were hospitalized with COVID-19 and had a CT scan of the chest on the day of admission.
The primary measured outcome was the first occurrence of mechanical noninvasive or invasive ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), or death within 30 days of admission.
209 consecutive patients were included with a median age 62 years. CAC was detected in 106 patients. The primary outcome occurred in 50% of patients with CAD compared to 17.5% without CAC.
The risk of the primary outcome was 3x higher in people with CAC.
The presence and extent of CAC is associated with a worse prognosis in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
The severity of immune response, endothelial dysfunction, and myocardial stress due to COVID-19 could be exacerbated in patients with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis.
Only one heart attack was confirmed out of all the people included in the study. There was no mention of any deaths.
The more illness you have, the more likely you are to succumb to any virus or bacterial infection.
Coronary artery calcification has a reason. In fact, many reasons such as stress, poor sleep, lack of sunshine, and a toxic diet. Environmental toxins and a sloth lifestyle are also risk factors for CAC.
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