Hospital mortality from myocardial infarction has doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study just published by the Spanish Journal of Cardiology, in which 74 Spanish hospitals participated.

Not only has hospital mortality from myocardial infarction doubled during the pandemic, but the time of ischemia has also increased; that is to say, the time that elapses from when the patient begins symptoms until the first medical assistance, going from 200 minutes to 233. The increase in this time is correlated with the increase in mortality, concludes the report of the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC).

Another of the data it provides is that only 6.3% of the patients with heart attack had confirmed infection by the new coronavirus. The new data continues to confirm a decrease in the number of patients with suspected infarction, but in a more moderate way with respect to the objective results at the beginning of the registry, in the first weeks of the pandemic.

“We initially observed a reduction of 40% that, later and with data that was extended to more weeks of the pandemic, stood at 28% fewer patients with symptoms compatible with heart attack who were not assisted ”, indicated Dr. Oriol Rodríguez Leor, first signatory of the study.

“From the SEC we launched at the time repeated messages so that people with symptoms that could suggest the onset of a heart attack immediately call 112 and thus the heart attack code was activated, which has shown very good results in recent years, “said Dr. Ángel Cequier, president of the SEC, who recalls that,” despite the pandemic, the cardiology services of Spanish hospitals they have been and are prepared to continue to provide excellent care for patients with acute cardiovascular disease ”.

There were, however, no differences in the way of treating patients with heart attack: more than 94% of patients have been treated with primary angioplasty, treatment of choice for acute myocardial infarction.

The registry has also analyzed relevant data regarding the combination of SARS-CoV-2 infection and heart attack.: “Only 6.2% of patients treated with heart attack had confirmed infection by the new coronavirus”stated Dr. Rodríguez Leor.