Is Body Weight Linked to Survival of Heart Patients with #COVID19? #Coronavirus

This can’t be a good prognostic sign


We have very little data thus far relating body mass index and survival of COVID-19 in any population.

I ran across a small study out of Wuhan, China. Researchers compared 16 heart patients admitted to the ICU with 96 admitted elsewhere in the hospital. Of the non-survivors, nearly all had BMI over 25. Of the survivors, only one in five had BMI over 25.

Conclusion: COVID-19 patients combined with cardiovascular disease are associated with a higher risk of mortality. Critical patients are characterized with lower lymphocyte counts. Higher BMI are more often seen in critical patients and non-survivor. ACE inhibitor/Angiotensin receptor blocker drug use does not affect the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 combined with cardiovascular disease. Aggravating causes of death include fulminant inflammation, lactic acid accumulation and thrombotic events.

Remember, in non-Asians, BMI between 25 and 30 is simply overweight. BMI over 30 qualifies as obesity in most cases. In the U.S., about a third of adults are overweight, and a third are obese.

Adverse effects of obesity occurs at lower BMIs in Chinese and other populations. So obesity in Chinese adults is a BMI over 28. The obesity rate among both men and women in China is 14%.

Source: [Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of 112 Cardiovascular Disease Patients Infected by 2019-nCoV] – PubMed

Steve Parker, M.D.

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet

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