NEWS -- January 16, 2023: As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,
new research is shedding light on the potential

link between the virus and cardiac arrest. While the virus primarily affects the respiratory system, it is now clear that
it can also have serious impacts on the cardiovascular system.

Recent studies have shown that people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 are at an increased risk of experiencing cardiac arrest. This is particularly true for older individuals and those with underlying cardiovascular conditions. In fact,
a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that among patients hospitalized with Covid-19, those with underlying cardiovascular disease were more likely to experience cardiac arrest and die as a result.

The exact mechanism by which the virus causes cardiac arrest is not yet fully understood. However, it is believed that the virus can cause inflammation in the heart and blood vessels, leading to the formation of clots and blockages. Additionally, the virus can also damage the heart muscle itself, leading to cardiac dysfunction.

Symptoms of cardiac arrest in people with Covid-19 can include chest pain, shortness of breath, and fainting. In some cases, these symptoms may be accompanied by a rapid or irregular heartbeat. If left untreated, cardiac arrest can be fatal.

Given the potential link between Covid-19 and cardiac arrest, it is crucial that individuals with underlying cardiovascular conditions take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus. This may include getting vaccinated, avoiding large gatherings and crowded spaces, and adhering to recommended infection control measures.

In addition, individuals who experience symptoms of cardiac arrest should seek medical attention immediately. Emergency treatment for cardiac arrest typically includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a defibrillator to restore
a normal heartbeat.

In conclusion, while Covid-19 primarily affects the respiratory system, it is now clear that it can also have serious impacts on the cardiovascular system. People who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 are at an increased risk of experiencing cardiac arrest, particularly older individuals and those with underlying cardiovascular conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that individuals take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus and seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms of cardiac arrest.


WNCTIMES by Marjorie Farrington




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