Even though respiratory failure is the main cause of mortality among hospitalised COVID-19 patients, cardiac injury resulting from the infection is also linked to their mortality, according to a study conducted by researchers at Wuhan, China.
A retrospective study conducted by the researchers found that cardiac injury is a common complication among those hospitalised with COVID-19, and it is associated with significantly increased mortality risk. The study has been published in JAMA Cardiology.
This cohort study was conducted from January 20, 2020, to February 10, 2020, in a single centre at Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.
Of the 416 patients hospitalised with COVID-19, around 20% had cardiac injury, defined as elevated cardiac biomarkers.