New publication of the BCI research group for post-COVID-syndrome study
The coronavirus pandemic has spread like wildfire around the world, infecting and killing tens of thousands of people. But in addition to directly damaging the lungs, the virus also causes many cardiovascular complications that further increase mortality. The infection itself impairs blood clotting, blood clots form, which can clog important blood vessels, causing a heart attack, stroke or another life-threatening condition.
In a group of 10 patients with a clinical picture of acute myocardial infarction, BCI researchers looked for factors that may suggest that the infarction is a result of thrombosis, i.e. to distinguish patients who would benefit from a coronary intervention with recanalization from others whose small vessels are blocked. The main conclusion is that if the highly sensitive Troponin I is significantly elevated – 7.5 times above the upper limit of normal, then most likely the large coronary arteries are blocked and a coronary intervention would be effective.
The Bulgarian Cardiac Institute together with Heart and Brain Center of Excellence in Pleven conducted a study to create an algorithm for early diagnosis – a decisive factor and a prerequisite for timely and effective treatment of AMI during the pandemic. The results have already been published on an international platform for medical sciences. The study is expected to be published soon in the prestigious scientific Journal Invasive Cardiology with an impact factor of 1.5.