‘Broken heart syndrome’ increased during COVID-19: JAMA Netw
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The incidence of stress cardiomyopathy, also known as takotsubo syndrome or broken heart syndrome, increased in patients with ACS during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with before the pandemic, researchers found.

In this study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers analyzed data from 1,914 patients who presented with ACS during the following periods: March to April 2018 , January to February 2019, March to April 2019, January to February 2020, March to April 2020.

The incidence of stress cardiomyopathy was assessed before the COVID-19 pandemic (before February) and during the pandemic.

The incidence of stress cardiomyopathy significantly increased from pre-pandemic timelines to the COVID-19 period. The rate ratio was 4.58 when the COVID-19 pandemic period was compared with the combined pre-pandemic period.

All patients who presented with ACS during the pandemic tested negative for COVID-19. The median hospital length of stay was longer for patients with stress cardiomyopathy during the pandemic (8 days) compared with March to April 2018 (4 days), January to February 2019 (5 days), March to April 2019 (4 days) and January to February 2020 (5 days).

Patients during the COVID-19 period and before the pandemic did not have significant differences in mortality (5% vs. 3.6% respectively) and 30-day rehospitalization.

Self-care is extremely important when times are stressful. That’s a very important message, said researchers.

Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2768093
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