Stiffness of arteries could be due to severe Covid

eAwaz Health

London – Assessing the stiffness of the arteries could help identify patients most at risk of dying from Covid-19, new research has revealed. The study included 1,671 people from the UK, Italy and Greece. It was found that the addition of ePWV to clinical predictive markers or a validated mortality score improved the prognostic value for in-hospital mortality and therefore, could facilitate therapeutic decisions in acute Covid-19 disease. “Our findings suggest that increased aortic stiffening may serve as a predictor of mortality in Covid-19 infection reflecting a cumulative surrogate of ageing and high-risk cardiovascular profile,” said Konstantinos Stellos, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Newcastle.