Cardiovascular Disease Claimed A Record Number Of Lives Globally

A new report from the American Heart Association details the devastating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic had on cardiovascular health and mortality rates in the first year of the outbreak.

The annual data report stated that at least 928,741 American deaths in 2020 were attributable to cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association reports that this is the highest annual increase since 2015, and it surpasses the previous peak of 910,000 fatalities in 2003.

Dr. Connie Tsao, chair of the Statistical Update writing committee and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, remarked, “This is our first concrete evidence based on the impact of the early years of the pandemic.”

“This was not surprising,” Dr. Michelle Albert, chair in cardiology and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told ABC News. Dr. Albert is also the volunteer president of the American Heart Association. Experts agree that COVID-19 contributed to the rise in cardiovascular disease-related fatalities in a number of ways.

During Pandemic Pregnant And New Mother Deaths Increased

An alarming number of pregnant women and new mothers lost their lives during the epidemic, and not just from the usual pregnancy and childbirth-related medical issues. According to research published on Friday, drug overdoses, killings, and automobile accidents all took a bigger toll than previously thought.

University of Texas at San Antonio associate professor of public health and paper’s lead author Jeffrey T. Howard described the situation as “very terrible to witness” in a statement released by JAMA Network Open.

For “vulnerable and under a lot of stress” pregnant and postpartum women in the United States, “there is absolutely an issue,”.

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The Covid Epidemic Dramatically Increased Fatalities From Cardiovascular Causes

Updated data on key circulatory and cardiovascular diseases and outcomes for 2023 were released in a recent publication by the American Heart Association in the journal Circulation, along with new insights into the trends of heart disease during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In the United States (U.S.), adolescents aged 16 to 19 had an overall cardiovascular health score of 73.6 on the Life’s Essential eight components between 2013 and 2020, whereas adults’ score was 65.2. Longevity was increased by 5.5 years in males and 4.2 years in females when cardiovascular health was better.

The nearly a million deaths caused by COVID-19 between 2019 and 2020 lowered the average life expectancy at birth from 78.8 years to 77 years. Cumulatively, the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States was about 292 per 100,000 individuals in major cities and about 392 per 100,000 persons in rural regions.

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