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Smoking, Diabetes and Obesity – Not Preexisting Heart Disease – Bigger Risk of COVID-19 Death

October 12, 2022


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People with cardiovascular disease still have a high burden of risk factors for severe COVID, just not as high as those who smoke, are obese, and have diabetes. A national study suggests that risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, such as age, smoking, and diabetes, are the main contributors to death and poor outcomes for critically ill COVID-19 patients. U-M researchers found that patients with cardiovascular disease had close to a 30% higher mortality rate than critically ill COVID patients without the preexisting condition.

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