Cleveland Clinic researchers have found a significant increase in patients with stress cardiomyopathy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the study, cardiologists examined 1,914 patients coming to the Cleveland Clinic with heart symptoms between March 1 and April 30 and compared them with patients in four time periods before the pandemic.
They found a significant increase of patients diagnosed with stress cardiomyopathy during the pandemic, compared with prepandemic incidence (7.8% vs 1.5% to 1.8%).
Those with stress cardiomyopathy during the COVID-19 pandemic had longer hospital stays compared with those hospitalized prepandemic (8 days vs 4 to 5 days).
There were no significant differences in mortality between the groups, and all of the patients diagnosed with stress cardiomyopathy tested negative for COVID-19.
The causes of stress cardiomyopathy are not fully understood; however, it is believed that a person’s reaction to physically or emotionally stressful events causes a release of stress hormones that temporarily reduce the heart’s ability to pump, the researchers say.Read More >>