In Italy, COVID-19 Linked To An Increase In The Number Of Cardiac Arrests Outside Of Hospitals

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In Italy, COVID-19 Linked To An Increase In The Number Of Cardiac Arrests Outside Of Hospitals
In Italy, COVID-19 Linked To An Increase In The Number Of Cardiac Arrests Outside Of Hospitals

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In Italy, COVID-19 linked to an increase in the number of cardiac arrests outside of hospitals

The number of cardiac arrests has been shown to be related to the number of COVID-19 cases in the region and individual cities.

In Italy, COVID-19 linked to an increase in the number of cardiac arrests outside of hospitals
In Italy, COVID-19 linked to an increase in the number of cardiac arrests outside of hospitals

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During the COVID-19 outbreak in Lombardy, Italy, the number of community-acquired cardiac arrests increased by 58% compared to the same period last year. Scientists spoke about this in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists analyzed data collected from four provinces in northern Italy in the first forty days of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, starting on February 21, 2020. During this time, there were 362 reported non-hospital cardiac arrests across the region, up from 229 in 2019.

The study authors noted that the increase in the number of deaths from cardiac arrest in different cities was associated with the number of cases of COVID-19. For example, in Mantua, with 1,688 cases of infection, the number of cardiac arrests increased by 18%, and in Lodi, with 2,116 cases, by 167%. Moreover, the cardiac arrest statistics "were in line with the temporal dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak."

The authors of the article reported that in 2020, people who had cardiac arrest in a public place were given first aid much less often (almost 16%) than in the previous year. In addition, even during the resuscitation measures by the arrived medical workers, such patients were 15% more likely than in 2019 to die before they were taken to the hospital. On average, mortality among such patients increased from 77.3% in 2019 to 88.7% in 2020.

103 patients with community-acquired cardiac arrest were diagnosed or suspected of COVID-19 during the study period. Scientists point out that this number corresponds to 77.4% of the increase in the number of cardiac arrests.

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