Since December 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the newly discovered severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SAR-CoV-2) has been recognized as a major public health issue due to rapidly global pandemic, resulting in 7,823,289 confirmed infections and 431,541 deaths worldwide by 15 June 2020 (1). Previous studies have described the main findings of clinical and epidemiological characteristics in COVID-19 patients (2-4). With the increase of confirmed cases and the accumulation of clinical data, the cardiovascular manifestations caused by COVID-19 has raised concern. Myocardial injury, defined as elevated levels of troponin or creatine kinase isoenzyme (CK-MB) regardless of new abnormalities in electrocardiography and echocardiography, have been reported with the rate of 7.2% in the initial COVID-19 study (4). Two recent studies presented 19.7% to 27.8% of patients with COVID-19 had acute myocardial injury (5,6). Obviously, incidence of myocardial injury in this viral infection remains uncertain. The pathophysiology of COVID-associated myocardial injury have not well established but likely involve the direct damage to cardiomyocytes, systemic inflammation, myocardial interstitial fibrosis, interferon mediated immune response, exaggerated cytokine response, in addition to coronary plaque destabilization, and hypoxia (7). Apart from COVID-19 itself, there are other factors associated with myocardial injury in these patients, which include cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, hypertension, obesity, physical inactivity, advanced age), severe forms of the disease and medications such as hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine (7-9). Currently published meta-analyses have reported that more myocardial injury happened in severe COVID-19 patients, which was subsequently associated with deteriorative outcomes [mortality and need for intensive care unit (ICU) care] (10-12). Nevertheless, no study until now have given a full picture for myocardial injury incidence in patients with COVID-19. The present study therefore summarized all available evidence for a comprehensive and rigorous systematic review focused on myocardial injury incidence in COVID-19. In addition, to state the case-fatality rate related to cardiac injury, variations of myocardial injury incidence were also examined by disease severity (non-survivors, severe patients, and non-severe patients). We present the following article in accordance with the PRISMA reporting checklist (available at http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/cdt-20-535).
This systematic review and meta-analysis was established according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) statement. The authors declare that all supporting data are available within the article and in the Supplementary file.
The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in 2013). The ethical approval and consent are not required because no patient-level data is involved for this systematic review and meta-analysis.
Data sources and searches
Relevant studies were identified by performing English-language searches of PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library databases (through April 24, 2020) as well as Chinese-language searches of China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), China Science and Technology Journal Database (VIP), WANFANG databases (through April 23, 2020) using the search terms related to COVID-19. The full search strategy is outlined in Table S1. Preprint articles were retrieved from the websites of MedRxiv (https://www.medrxiv.org), BioRxiv (https://www.biorxiv.org), and SSRN (https://www.ssrn.com) (through April 24, 2020). Manual search was also conducted by screening the reference lists of inclusive studies and relevant meta-analysis.
Study selection and outcomes
Studies of any types [case series study, cross-sectional study, case control study, cohort study, or randomized controlled trial (RCT)] were eligible for inclusion if they included SARS-CoV-2 infected adult patients; reported the qualitative data of cardiac specific biomarkers (troponin or CKMB); or reported the data of myocardial injury with detailed definition. Studies were excluded if they did not report defined myocardial injury indexes or published in meta-analysis or case report. Because of the difficulty to estimate the potentially repetitive patients, all the studies met the inclusion criteria were available for meta-analysis. Two authors (ZG and CZ) independently reviewed each title and abstract, and assessed full texts of retrieved studies, with any disagreements being resolved via consultation with a third author (JP). The primary outcomes of this study were the incidence of myocardial injury in COVID-19 and corresponding relative risk (RR) in comparison between severe and non-severe patients. COVID-19 patients was the laboratory diagnosis using real time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay or clinical diagnosis based on the Guidance for COVID-19 (7th edition) released by the National Health Commission of China. Myocardial injury was defined as serum levels of troponin or CK-MB above the 99th percentile upper reference limit, regardless of new abnormalities in electrocardiography and echocardiography. Severe patients were judged according to the Guidance for COVID-19 (7th edition) released by the National Health Commission of China (13).
Data extraction and quality assessment
Two authors (ZG and CZ) independently extracted the data using a priori designed form: which included study characteristics (study name, study source, regions, detailed hospital), patient characteristics (included period, illness severity, diagnosis standard for COVID-19, myocardial injury definition and its cut-off value), clinical characteristics (age, gender, smoking, and the comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cerebrovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer), and data on cardiac injury (occurrence number and total number). The methodological quality of included RCTs was evaluated according to Cochrane Collaboration Risk of Bias Tool (14). The methodological quality of each included observational studies was assessed according to the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS) (15). To fit in our study design, the NOS was modified with totally 8 scores and the following 6 dimensions: representative of the sample; ascertainment of the exposure; ascertainment of the outcome; ascertainment of the outcome for quality control; control for factors of age and gender; and control for factors related to myocardial injury. A study can be awarded a maximum of 1 point for the first 4 dimensions and a maximum of 2 points for the last 2 dimensions (control for factors of age and gender: 1 point for age and 1 point for sex; control for factors related to myocardial injury: 1 point for reporting 1 or 2 comorbidities and 2 points for reporting ≥3 comorbidities). The total scores of ≥5 points represented a relatively good quality.
Data synthesis and statistical analysis
A random-effects (DerSimonian and Laird method) meta-analysis was used to calculate the pooled incidence of myocardial injury with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs). Likewise, RRs of myocardial injury comparing severe with non-severe patients was performed. Heterogeneity among studies was assessed using the Cochran Q test and I2 index, with I2 >50% representing considerable heterogeneity (16). Subgroup analysis was conducted by the severity of illness (non-survivors, severe patients, and non-severe patients). The interaction analysis (P for interaction) using Cochran’s Q test were applied to evaluate the risk difference of different illness severity (17). Interaction is referred to as effect modification, which investigates whether the effect of intervention in the primacy outcome varied between the subgroup such as disease severity. A leave-1-out sensitivity analysis for each meta-analysis was applied to explore whether a single study had an excessive influence on myocardial injury incidence. To strengthen the robustness of the results, further serial sensitivity analyses were conducted by including studies that real time RT-PCR assay was performed using a SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid detection, or studies that used troponin or electrocardiography or echocardiography as definition of myocardial injury, or excluding studies that involved potentially repetitive patients in the same hospital with period within range of other studies; or excluding studies that sample size were <50. To address the potential risk factors associated with myocardial injury, all preexisting cardiovascular risk factors or established diseases will be taken into consideration in the meta-regression. As a rule, at least 25% data points should be available for each variable in univariable meta-regression. The presence of publication bias was evaluated qualitatively by funnel plots and quantitatively by Begg’s test and Egger’s test when more than 10 studies were available in a single analysis (18). Trim and fill method was used to deal with the publication bias. The trim and fill method requires no assumptions about the mechanism that lead to publication bias, provides an estimate of the number of missing studies, and also provides an estimated intervention effect to adjust the publication bias. Data were analyzed using Stata version 13.0 (StataCorp., College Station, TX, USA).
Study selection and study characteristics
As outlined in Figure 1, initial search identified 5,449 records from English-language databases, 7,023 from Chinese-language databases, and 3,401 from preprint platform; 1,509 duplicates were removed and 14,077 records were excluded by screening titles and abstracts; the remaining 287 full-text articles were reviewed and 234 articles were excluded with the following reasons: studies were irrelevant (n=94), studies did not report outcome of myocardial injury (n=103), studies were meta-analyses, and studies was repetitive with other database (n=7). Finally, 53 studies involving 7,679 COVID-19 patients were included, with 24 from English-language databases, 10 from Chinese-language databases, and 19 from preprint platform. Among them, 21 studies (39%) were cross-sectional studies, 16 (30%) were case-series studies, 14 (26%) were case-control studies, and 2 (5%) were cohort studies. Twenty-eight studies (53%) were conducted in Hubei, 22 (41%) in regions outside Hubei, 2 (4%) in both Hubei and other regions, and 1 in New York (Table S2). The majority of studies (48/53, 91%) used RT-PCR method for confirming COVID-19. The remaining 5 studies used RT-PCR method or clinical diagnosis definition for confirming COVID-19. Thirty-three studies (62%) used troponin, 11 (21%) applied troponin or electrocardiography or echocardiography, and the remaining 9 (17%) employed CK-MB as cardiac injury definition (Table S3). The number of included COVID-19 patients varied from 8 to 1,327. The mean age was 54 years and the percentage of male was 54.1%. Other detailed information on comorbidities is summarized in Table S4.
All included studies satisfied the following risk bias items: representative of the sample; ascertainment of the exposure; ascertainment of the outcome; and control for factors of age and gender. Twenty-three studies (43%) defined the myocardial injury in the text (ascertainment of the outcome for quality control); 37 studies (70%) reported more than 3 comorbidities (2 points) and 11 studies (21%) reported 1 or 2 comorbidities (1 point). Eventually, all 53 studies were rated as relatively good quality (Table S5).
Incidence of myocardial injury
Figure 2 gives the full picture of myocardial injury incidence. The overall pooled incidence of myocardial injury was 21% (95% CI, 17–25%; I2, 96.5%; Figure S1). For severity of illness, the highest incidence of myocardial injury was found in non-survivors (66%; 95% CI, 54–78%; I2, 85.7%; Figure S2), followed by severe patients (43%; 95% CI, 33–53%; I2, 93.0%; Figure S3) and non-severe patients (11%; 95% CI, 7–15%; I2, 95.2%; Figure S4), with significant difference (Pinteraction <0.01). Sensitivity analyses by removing a single study at 1 time; or including studies that patients were detected with RT-PCR assay; or including studies that cases were defined as troponin; or excluding studies that involved potentially repetitive patients or sample size were <50 confirmed the robustness of primacy results (Table S6 and Figures S5,S6,S7,S8).
Comparison of myocardial injury risk with severe versus non-severe patients
Totally, 29 studies involving 4,233 patients were identified, and the incidence of myocardial injury was 39.3% in severe patients (445/1,133) compared with 10.4% (322/3,100) in non-severe patients (Figure 3), indicating that severe patients were associated with significantly higher risk of myocardial injury (RR, 5.74; 95% CI, 3.74–8.79; I2, 86.8%; Figure S9). Leave-1-out sensitivity analyses as well as further serial sensitivity analyses were in consistence with the primacy results (Figures S10,S11,S12,S13,S14). Meta-regression failed to detect any clinical characteristics and comorbidities to impact the primacy results (Table S7).
Risk factors associated with myocardial injury
The association between various comorbidities and myocardial injury incidence is shown in Table S8. Eleven variables with more than 25% data points (age, gender, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, CVD, cerebrovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer) were assessed in univariable meta-regression. The results suggested that the incidence of myocardial injury were not associated with any of the above comorbidities.
The funnel plots for myocardial injury incidence in overall patients, in severe patients, and in non-severe patients were all asymmetrical on visual inspection, and the corresponding P values for the Egger’s test were <0.001, 0.972, and 0.004, respectively (Figure S15). The trim and fill method was applied to handle publication bias, resulting in 9% (95% CI, 5–14%) for incidence in overall patients and 4% (95% CI, 1–7%) for incidence in non-severe patients (Table S9). Because of limited study number in non-survivors (8 studies), funnel plot was not performed.
Major findings and interpretations
This systematic review and meta-analysis firstly provided a comprehensive overview of myocardial injury incidence based on 53 retrospective studies involving 7,679 COVID-19 patients. The major findings were as follows: (I) the overall incidence of myocardial injury was 21%; (II) considering the severity of disease, myocardial injury incidence progressively increased in non-survivors (66%), severe patients (43%), and non-severe patients (11%); (III) severe patients had a 4.74-fold increased risk of myocardial injury compared with non-severe patients. Previous study found that COVID-19 patients who were admitted to the ICU had higher plasma levels of cytokines (3). As cytokine storm is one of the potential mechanisms underlying myocardial injury, it is predictable that incidence of myocardial injury might be high among non-survivors and severe patients.
Comparison with previous studies
Currently, several systematic reviews and meta-analyses have been conducted to assess the risk of myocardial injury among COVID-19 patients. The earliest one, which pooled 4 studies of 341 patients, showed that the values of troponin were significantly increased in severe patients than that in non-severe patients [standardized mean difference (SMD), 25.6 ng/L; 95% CI, 6.8–44.5 ng/L] (10). Although this is the first meta-analysis to assess the myocardial injury risk in COVID-19, the limitation of study number and sample size may influence the robustness of results. Another meta-analysis addressed this issue by merging 28 studies of 4,189 patients and found that myocardial injury biomarkers were higher in severe patients compared with less severe patients (SMD, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.48–0.89) (11). Notably, this study used a broadly definition of myocardial injury (the combination of troponin, CK-MB, NT-proBNP, and myoglobin), which inevitably led to the overestimation of myocardial injury risk. The recent meta-analysis involving 2,389 patients from 13 studies reported that myocardial injury was associated with higher mortality (RR, 7.95; 95% CI, 5.12–13.34) and need for ICU care (RR, 7.94; 95% CI, 1.51–41.78) (12). This study used a precise definition of myocardial injury (troponin above the 99th percentile upper reference limit, regardless of new abnormalities in electrocardiography and echocardiography), whereas risk factors of myocardial injury as well as visible publication bias seemingly not to be well addressed. Given the above limitations, the present meta-analysis restricted the definition of myocardial injury and included all available evidence to comprehensively estimate the incidence and potential risk factors of myocardial injury in COVID-19 patients.
Potential mechanism of myocardial injury
The mechanisms underlying myocardial injury have not well established but likely involve viral myocarditis, cytokine storm, microvascular thrombosis, and unmasked CVDs. Evidence from autopsies found that 35% of heart samples in SAR-CoV infected patients presented the viral genome, which raised the possibility of direct impair of cardiomyocytes by the virus (19). SAR-CoV-2 might share the same mechanism as the highly homologous with SAR-CoV. Nevertheless, a recent pathological study failed to demonstrate the presence of SAR-CoV-2 within myocardial tissue (20). Therefore, the question of whether the SAR-CoV-2 could directly damage the heart requires further scientific verification. Guo et al. found that plasma troponin levels had a significantly positive linear correlation with plasma high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, indicating that myocardial injury may be associated with inflammatory pathogenesis during the disease progress (5). Besides hs-CRP, other cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-2, IL-7, IL-10, IgG-included protein 10, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, macrophage inflammatory protein 1-alpha, and tumors necrosis factor, were proved to be involved in the inflammatory response of COVID-19 (3). The activation of these inflammatory cytokines after infection might cause endothelial dysfunction, coronary plaque destabilization, microvascular dysfunction, and subsequently contribute to myocardial injury. Predictably, this marked inflammatory response could also lead to the development of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC) in critical patients. Tang et al. reported that coagulopathy was associated with high mortality and 71% of non-survivors met the criteria of DIC (21). As such, microvascular thrombosis of coronary vessels due to DIC is another potential mechanism that might contribute to myocardial injury. In addition, COVID-19 patients preexisting CVD and other comorbidities might be more likely to suffer from myocardial injury. Shi et al reported that approximately 30% and 60% of patients with myocardial injury had a history of coronary heart disease and hypertension, respectively, which were more prevalent than in those without myocardial injury (6). Although limited evidence exists for evaluating the association of myocardial injury with cardiovascular comorbidities, it is rational to presume that patients with underlying comorbidities are susceptible to myocardial injury through several mechanisms including virus-driven direct damage, systemic inflammatory response, coronary plaque destabilization, and hypoxia aggravation. Regrettably, we only obtained study-level information about comorbidities and failed to detect any risk factors associated with myocardial injury.
Clinical consideration for myocardial injury
Given the high incidence of myocardial injury among COVID-19 patients, it might be reasonable to triage patients according to cardiovascular comorbidities and myocardial biomarkers. The majority of patients with a mildly elevated troponin can be followed with expectant management until recovery from acute viral syndrome. However, patients whom are hemodynamically and electrophysiologically unstable with marked elevations of troponin should launch earlier and more aggressive intervention strategies.
Strengths and limitations
Strengths of this study mainly include the systematic and rigorous approach to estimate the incidence of myocardial injury. We performed a comprehensive search of English-language databases, Chinese-language, and preprint platform; restricted the definition of myocardial injury; used the revised NOS tool to suitably assess the study quality; conducted the subgroup analyses by disease severity to explore for differences on myocardial injury incidence; performed serial sensitivity analyses to strengthen the robustness of results; applied meta-regression to explore the risk factors associated with myocardial injury; and employed trim and fill method to handle the potential publication bias. Certainly, several intrinsic limitations should be recognized in this study. Firstly, all included studies were retrospective and there were differences on diagnosis criterion for COVID-19 and definition of myocardial injury. To account for these issues, we have conducted sensitivity analyses by only including studies that patients were detected with RT-PCR assay or cases were defined as troponin. The results of sensitivity analyses were in line with the primacy results. Secondly, given the difficulty of performing echocardiography or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging under strict isolation, the exact prevalence and nature of myocardial injury in COVID-19 may difficult to be fully illuminating. Thus, in the present study, we used myocardial enzymology indexes as the definition of myocardial injury. Thirdly, we did not obtain patient-level information about comorbidities and concomitant medication for exploring the potential risk factors of myocardial injury. Also, all the included studies did not report the adjusted RRs related to cardiac injury, thus the pooled RRs from crude data may introduce certain bias. Fourthly, there was significant heterogeneity among included studies and the sources of heterogeneity could be partly explained by disease severity. Finally, we did not assess the clinical diagnosis (angina, myocardial infarction, etc.) associated with elevated myocardial enzymes as well as the dynamic change of troponin and the association between myocardial injury and mortality.
This meta-analysis showed that 21% of patients undergoing myocardial injury in the setting of COVID-19. Higher incidence of myocardial injury was observed in non-survivors (66%) and severe patients (43%). Severe patients had a 4.74-fold increased risk of myocardial injury compared to non-severe patients. Aggressive intervention strategy might be considered for COVID-19 patients at high risk of myocardial injury.
Incidence of myocardial injury in COVID-19: a pooled analysis of 7,679 patients from 53 studies.
Funding: This study was supported by the Research Funds of Shanghai Health and Family Planning commission (20184Y0022), Cultivation fund of clinical research of Renji Hospital (PY2018-III-06), Clinical Pharmacy Innovation Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (CXYJY2019ZD001, CXYJY2019QN004), and Program for Key but Weak Disciplines of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning (2016ZB0304).
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