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#CardiacArrest #COVID #Hydration

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> Monday Night Football tragedy

>> What’s behind the latest COVID numbers

>> The fluid status of aging

The Med & Mic™ 01.03.23

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NFL star Damar Hamlin in Critical Condition

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin had a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2nd. He received CPR and was taken off the field 15 minutes later. He is in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The 24-year-old took a hit to the chest during the first quarter. (Source: Yahoo Sports, F. Schwab, 1.2.23)

COVID Trends

Hospitalizations for people with COVID are about to surpass the summer spike, although the numbers are far below the surges of 2020-21 and 2021-22. Among people 60 and older, hospitalizations have been rising since mid-November. Part of the increase could be due to the latest Omicron subvariant, XBB.1.5, which is linked to 40% of U.S. infections. About 40,000 people are in the hospital with COVID. (Source: STAT News, A. Joseph, 1.3.23)

Poor Hydration, Early Aging

Adults who aren’t adequately hydrated could age faster and die younger. In a 25-year NIH study of more than 11,000 adults, researchers followed sodium levels as an indicator of hydration, with higher levels correlating with insufficient fluid intake. People with higher sodium levels aged faster physiologically, with more high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. They also had a 20% higher risk of premature death. However, this type of study cannot show that increased hydration will slow aging. The average adult in the U.S. drinks more than five cups of water a day. (Source: NBC News, A. Bendix, 1.2.23)

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