New research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology stated that highly touted drugs, including hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine, which are being used to treat coronavirus patients, can lead to cardiovascular issues.
Authors of the study maintained that these drugs can cause life-threatening heart rhythm events, heart failure, and damage to the heart muscle itself (termed cardiomyopathy).
Study senior author Elad Maor of the Tel Aviv University in Israel, said in the study: “We show how these adverse events carry high risks for severe outcomes, including death, even with standard doses of the drugs.”
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For the study, the team of researchers examined real-world data from the Food and Drug Administration Adverse Events Reporting System, a global database of post-marketing safety reports.
The researchers then stated that HCQ or chloroquine are associated with cardiovascular problems and high