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Malaria Drug Considered For COVID-19 May Raise Risk Of Heart Problems

Following the rise of the cases of the new proposal arose that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin should be used to treat the COVID-19 patients.

But the US Cardiologists who were working on this were in the opinion that using the drugs might accelerate the risk of dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.

The researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Indiana University recommend that clinicians treating COVID-19 patients with the malaria-antibiotic drug combination should consider monitoring those patients for ventricular arrhythmia.

"While there is yet very little data regarding hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin's effectiveness as a treatment for COVID-19, some clinicians are considering combining them during this global pandemic," a study in American College of Cardiology's Cardiology Magazine said.
A doctor at a private hospital in Assam's Guwahati died of a heart attack on Saturday, after he allegedly consumed anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being used for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

The doctor has sent a message to a fellow doctor and colleague that he is feeling uneasy after taking the anti-malaria drug. Soon after he breathes his last breath.


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