Background and aim: To contain the spread of COVID-19, many countries imposed several restrictive measures, leading to radical changes in daily life behaviors. Healthcare workers experienced additional stress due to the increased risk of contagion, possibly causing an increase in unhealthy habits. We investigated changes in cardiovascular (CV) risk assessed by the SCORE-2 in a healthy population of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; an analysis by subgroups was also conducted (sportspeople vs sedentary subjects). Methods and results: We compared medical examination and blood tests in a population of 264 workers aged over 40, performed yearly before (T0) and during the pandemic (T1, T2). We found a significant increase in the average CV risk, according to SCORE-2, during the follow-up in our healthy population, with a shift from a mean low-moderate risk profile at T0 (2.35%) to a mean high-risk profile at T2 (2.80%). Furthermore, in sedentary subjects was observed a greater and early increase in SCORE-2 compared to sportspeople. Conclusions: Since 2019, we observed an increase in CV risk profile in a healthy population of healthcare workers, particularly in sedentary subjects, highlighting the need to reassess SCORE-2 every year to promptly treat high-risk subjects, according to the latest Guidelines.

Cardiovascular risk and the COVID-19 pandemic: a retrospective observational study in a population of healthcare professionals / Solfanelli, G; Giaccio, D; Tropea, A; Bucicovschi, V; Gallo, G; Tocci, G; Musumeci, B; Marcellini, L; Barbato, E; Volpe, M; Battistoni, A. - In: NMCD. NUTRITION METABOLISM AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES. - ISSN 0939-4753. - 33:7(2023), pp. 1415-1419. [10.1016/j.numecd.2023.04.006]

Cardiovascular risk and the COVID-19 pandemic: a retrospective observational study in a population of healthcare professionals

Solfanelli, G;Giaccio, D;Tropea, A;Bucicovschi, V;Gallo, G;Tocci, G;Musumeci, B;Barbato, E;Volpe, M;Battistoni, A
2023

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Background and aim: To contain the spread of COVID-19, many countries imposed several restrictive measures, leading to radical changes in daily life behaviors. Healthcare workers experienced additional stress due to the increased risk of contagion, possibly causing an increase in unhealthy habits. We investigated changes in cardiovascular (CV) risk assessed by the SCORE-2 in a healthy population of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; an analysis by subgroups was also conducted (sportspeople vs sedentary subjects). Methods and results: We compared medical examination and blood tests in a population of 264 workers aged over 40, performed yearly before (T0) and during the pandemic (T1, T2). We found a significant increase in the average CV risk, according to SCORE-2, during the follow-up in our healthy population, with a shift from a mean low-moderate risk profile at T0 (2.35%) to a mean high-risk profile at T2 (2.80%). Furthermore, in sedentary subjects was observed a greater and early increase in SCORE-2 compared to sportspeople. Conclusions: Since 2019, we observed an increase in CV risk profile in a healthy population of healthcare workers, particularly in sedentary subjects, highlighting the need to reassess SCORE-2 every year to promptly treat high-risk subjects, according to the latest Guidelines.
2023
arterial hypertension; COVID-19; cardiovascular prevention; cardiovascular risk; SCORE-2
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Cardiovascular risk and the COVID-19 pandemic: a retrospective observational study in a population of healthcare professionals / Solfanelli, G; Giaccio, D; Tropea, A; Bucicovschi, V; Gallo, G; Tocci, G; Musumeci, B; Marcellini, L; Barbato, E; Volpe, M; Battistoni, A. - In: NMCD. NUTRITION METABOLISM AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES. - ISSN 0939-4753. - 33:7(2023), pp. 1415-1419. [10.1016/j.numecd.2023.04.006]
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