U.S. Medical News: 62,802 Excess Deaths In 2020 Related To Only Cardiovascular Issues Found In the United States During The First Year Of The COVID Pandemic!
U.S. Medical News
: While many governments and health authorities around the world are trying to conceal the true impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and also its future impacts, it is becoming more apparently day by day what the debut of this new novel coronavirus is doing in terms of its ability to decrease the global population and also cause a major health crisis in the future in with regards to the wide array of long-term health complications it brings about in post-infection stages that also increases the risk of mortality.
Many past studies have already showed that exposure to the spike proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus either through natural infections or via ‘prophylactics’ containing the spike proteins, is able to cause a myriad of issues to the cardiovascular system, leading to increased risk of mortality.
A new study led by researchers from Keele Cardiovascular Research Group, Centre for Prognosis Research, Keele University-UK has found that in 2020, ie the the first year of the COVID-91 pandemic, the United States saw more than 62,802 excess deaths due to cardiovascular issues alone. (Note that this is a conservative official figure but in reality, the figure could be much higher.)
The study team claims that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed ten years of progress in reducing cardiovascular deaths in United States.
The study team said, “Although cardiovascular (CV) mortality increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, little is known about how these patterns varied across key subgroups, include age, sex, and race and ethnicity, as well as by specific cause of CV death.”
The U.S Center for Disease Control’s WONDER database was used to evaluate trends in age-adjusted CV mortality between 1999 and 2020 among American adults aged 18 and older.
The study findings showed that there was a 4.6% excess CV mortality in 2020 compared to 2019, which represents an absolute excess of 62 802 deaths. The relative CV mortality increase between 2019 and 2020 was higher for adults under 55 years of age (11.9% relative increase), versus adults aged 55–74 (7.9% increase) and adults 75 and older (2.2% increase).
It was found that Hispanic adults experienced a 9.4% increase in CV mortality (7 400 excess deaths) versus 4.3% for non-Hispanic adults (56 760 excess deaths). Black adults experienced the largest % increase in CV mortality at 10.6% (15 477 excess deaths) versus 3.5% increase (42 907 excess deaths) for White adults.
Interestingly, among individual causes of CV mortality, there was an increase between 2019 and 2020 of 4.3% for ischemic heart disease (32 293 excess deaths), 15.9% for hypertensive disease (13 800 excess deaths), 4.9% for cerebrovascular disease (11 218 excess deaths), and 1.4% for heart failure mortality.
The study findings showed that in the first year of the COVID pandemic in the United States was associated with a reversal in prior trends of improved CV mortality. Increases in CV mortality were most pronounced among Black and Hispanic adults.
The study findings were published in the peer reviewed European Heart Journal – Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes.
The international research team led by Keele University's Dr Mamas Mamas, a Professor of Cardiology, comprised of scientists from Loma Linda University Health-USA, Duke University Medical Center-USA, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine-USA, Lilavati Hospital and Research Center-India, Oriion Citicare Hospital, Aurangaba-India and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-USA.
The study team wanted to see how cardiovascular mortality rates had changed and study trends in the death rates over that time. They discovered that cardiovascular deaths in 2020 were 4.6% higher than they were in 2019-representing over 62,000 excess deaths.
Interestingly, the highest relative increase was in adults under 55, who had a higher rate of mortality from cardiovascular disease than adults 55-74, and 75 and over.
The study findings also showed that there were also significant differences between different ethnic groups, with black adults experiencing the largest percentage increase in mortality at 10.6% (15,477 excess deaths) versus a 3.5% increase (42,907 excess deaths) for white adults. Hispanic adults also experienced a 9.4% increase in CV mortality (7,400 excess deaths) versus 4.3% for non-Hispanic adults (56,760 excess deaths).
There were also increases in mortality rates from certain conditions between 2019 and 2020, including ischemic heart disease, hypertensive disease, and cerebrovascular disease.
Professor Mamas Mamas told U.S. Medical News
reporters, "Data from the U.S. reflects what has happened globally, the decades of falling cardiovascular mortality have been reversed by the COVID pandemic, both directly through infection with COVID and indirectly through the impact of the pandemic on cardiovascular services. Analogous to what has happened in the U.K., the greatest impact of the COVID pandemic on cardiovascular mortality has been felt by minority ethnic populations."
Th study team is also working on data with regards to the second and third year of the COVID-19 pandemic ie 2021 and 2022. Preliminary indications are that excess deaths due to cardiovascular issues including heart failures are rising exponentially not only in the United States but also elsewhere around the world.
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