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COVID-19 Advice May Have Reduced Heart Attack Risks

University of Leeds

Leeds.ac

A new study suggests that COVID-19 guidance in Sweden may have reduced people's risks of having a heart attack.

By using anonymous location data from mobile phones, researchers developed an aggregate picture of the activities of the Swedish population and mapped it against attendances at the country's 29 emergency cardiac angiography units.

Cardiac angiography is used to treat blockages to the heart's blood vessels.

On those days when the location data revealed people were staying close to home, the proportion of patients going to hospital for emergency heart treatment dropped from an average of 63 ...