Cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmias 3 months after hospitalization for COVID‐19
Journal of the American Heart Association — Ingul CB, Grimsmo J, Mecinaj A, et al. | January 24, 2022
Studies have revealed variation in the extent of cardiac dysfunction post COVID‐19. Researchers herein sought for data on arrhythmic burden 3 to 4 months after hospital discharge among patients with COVID‐19.
A combined multicenter prospective cohort study and cross‐sectional case‐control study.
Patients with COVID‐19 were assessed 3 to 4 months after hospital discharge and were compared with matched controls with respect to their cardiac function.
There were a total of 204 patients with COVID‐19 (mean age, 58.5 years; 44% women), and 204 controls (mean age, 58.4 years; 44% women).
Participants with COVID‐19 had mildly impaired right ventricular function, and two times more common occurrence of diastolic dysfunction at 3 months after discharge with COVID‐19.
Little evidence was gained in support for an association between cardiac function and intensive care treatment, dyspnea, or fatigue.
Although common, clinical importance of ventricular arrhythmias could not be determined .