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Increased risk of death in cardiac wait list patients seen early in pandemic


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Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Reuters Health - 30/09/2021 - During the early months of COVID-19, the number of heart-disease patients referred for, and getting, cardiovascular procedures dropped and wait list mortality rose, according to a new study from Canada. An analysis of healthcare data from more than 584,000 patients referred for procedures between January 2014 and September 2020, of whom 37,718 were referred early in the pandemic, shows the risk for all-cause mortality during 2020 rose nearly two-fold, researchers report in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Early in the pandemic, "there were clear impacts on patients with non-COVID conditions, and these were substantial," said senior author Dr. Harindra C. Wijeysundera of the Schulich Heart Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, in Toronto. "During the pandemic, there was a 'care deficit' in that patients were not making their way onto wait-lists, and those that were getting on the wait-list for cardiac procedures were sick...


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