Study: 3 comorbidities key factors in COVID-19 patient recovery
A team of researchers analyzing the health records of coronavirus patients that were hospitalized at New York State's largest health system, Northwell Health, uncovered several comorbidities as key factors in the acuity of the disease, according to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Northwell Health COVID-19 Research Consortium described the clinical course and outcomes of 5,700 Northwell patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between March 1 and April 4.
The Northwell Health Covid-19 Research Consortium's findings demonstrated that hypertension at 57%, obesity at 41% and diabetes at 34% were the most common comorbidities in the COVID-19 patients studied.
Patients with diabetes were more likely to have received invasive mechanical ventilation, received treatment in the intensive care unit or developed acute kidney disease.
The study shows of the 2,634 hospitalized patients, 14% were treated in the ICU, 12% received invasive mechanical ventilation and 3% were treated with kidney replacement therapy.
A total of 21% passed away, while 88% of individuals receiving mechanical ventilation died.
In addition, the study shows that the majority of patients in the study were male, and the median age of all patients being treated was 63 years old.