The findings of a recent investigation, published in the special journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), have revealed extreme cardiovascular risk for patients who have contracted Covid-19. Wong and his co-authors analyzed data from 7,500 Covid-19 patients and compared it to 70,000 non-infected people from the same observation period (March 16, 2020 to November 30, 2020) and a further 70,000 people from the period before the pandemic (March 16, 2018 to November 30, 2018). All persons shared similar characteristics in terms of age, gender, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight, cardiovascular diseases, and social situation, with an average age of 66 years.
The scientists then compared the frequency of severe cardiovascular diseases (heart failure, stroke, coronary artery disease) and individual cardiovascular complications, as well as mortality, in the first three weeks after Covid-19 infection and up to one and a half years after. The results of the investigation showed an extreme risk of cardiovascular complications for Covid-19 patients, even long after their initial infection.