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UK Medical News: More Than 39,000 Brits Died Prematurely From Cardiovascular Issues In Just 2022!

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UK Medical News: More Than 39,000 Brits Died Prematurely From Cardiovascular Issues In Just 2022!
Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Feb 01, 2024  2 weeks, 6 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes ago
UK Medical News: The British Heart Foundation’s recent revelation of a 14-year high in premature cardiovascular deaths has sent shockwaves through the healthcare landscape of the United Kingdom. With over 39,000 individuals in England succumbing to heart and circulatory diseases before the age of 75 in 2022 alone, averaging 750 deaths per week, it's imperative to delve into the multifaceted factors contributing to this alarming trend.
https://www.bmj.com/content/384/bmj.q176.full
 

More Than 39,000 Brits Died Prematurely From Cardiovascular
Issues In Just 2022


Unveiling the Disturbing Trends
The surge in premature deaths paints a sobering picture, highlighting a concerning reversal of decades-long progress. Until 2012, advancements in medical science contributed to a decline in cardiovascular deaths among individuals under 75. However, recent data indicates a three-year consecutive increase, marking an unprecedented setback in a trend that once showcased substantial improvements.
 
Even Excess Deaths Rates have Been Rising The Across the United Kingdom
Data and even previous UK Medical News coverages by Thailand Medical News had also shown alarming rise of excess death rates across the United Kingdom even in the later months of 2022.
 
https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/covid-19-news-excess-deaths-rising-exponentially-in-the-united-kingdom-with-covid-19-being-a-major-contributing-factor
 
Factors Driving the Disturbing Trend
To comprehend the complex dynamics fueling this surge, it's crucial to dissect various contributing factors. The decline in overall population health, coupled with widening health disparities over the past decade, has created a fertile ground for cardiovascular diseases to proliferate. Prolonged pressure on the National Health Service (NHS), compounded by the disruptive force of the COVID-19 pandemic, has further exacerbated the situation. Moreover, a notable absence of robust governmental action over the last decade to tackle root causes such as persistently high obesity rates has contributed significantly to this concerning trend.
 
Some also speculate that both COVID-19 infections and also COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are contributing factors but to date there are no proper detailed studies from a statistical perspective to validate these claims partially due to lack of raw data and the method of data collection by the relevant agencies coupled with the fact that the current British government is basically concealing lots of critical data as they do not want to implicated with their failures of managing the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the United Kingdom!.
 
It is already widely established that both COVID-19 infections and also the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do increase the ri sk of various cardiovascular conditions and in some cases causes fatal outcomes due to these arising heart issues.
 
Call for Urgent Action on Three Fronts
In the face of this escalating crisis, urgent action is imperative across three critical fronts. Firstly, enhancing prevention strategies to address heart disease and stroke is paramount. This entails robust public health campaigns, education initiatives, and policy interventions aimed at tackling modifiable risk factors such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and smoking. Secondly, prioritizing heart care within the NHS is essential, necessitating a comprehensive approach to reduce waiting times for life-saving interventions. This includes bolstering healthcare infrastructure, expanding access to cardiac services, and investing in workforce development. Lastly, the acceleration of cardiovascular research is indispensable to unlock groundbreaking treatments and cures. This entails fostering collaboration between academia, industry, and government entities, as well as incentivizing innovation through funding support and regulatory incentives.
 
A Heartbreaking Picture
Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, aptly encapsulates the sentiment surrounding these alarming statistics as "heartbreaking." Decades of progress in reducing heart attack and stroke deaths have been overshadowed by a lost decade, where countless lives were lost prematurely to cardiovascular diseases. Dr Griffiths emphasizes the urgency for political unity to address preventable causes, reduce waiting lists for critical care, and propel scientific breakthroughs.
 
She told the media,”The surge in premature cardiovascular deaths in the United Kingdom warrants immediate attention and comprehensive action. The intricate web of factors contributing to this crisis necessitates a multifaceted approach spanning prevention, healthcare delivery, and research. Urgent measures to improve prevention strategies, prioritize heart care, and accelerate research are vital to reverse this disturbing trend and safeguard the health of the nation. The stakes are high, and the time for action is now. For more than half a century, pioneering research and medical advances helped us make huge strides towards reducing heart attack and stroke deaths. But this has been followed by a lost decade of progress in which far too many people have lost loved ones to cardiovascular disease too soon. We can stop this heartbreak, but only if politicians unite to address the preventable causes of heart disease, cut long waiting lists for people who need lifesaving heart and stroke care, and help power scientific breakthroughs to unlock revolutionary new treatments and cures. Hesitating to act would be a fatal mistake - cardiovascular disease is one of the country’s biggest killers and our hearts need protection now.”  
 
The Unsettling Slowdown Abd Other Factors involved.
Since 2020, the premature death rate for cardiovascular diseases has witnessed a yearly increase, reaching a concerning 80 deaths per 100,000 in England in 2022, the highest since 2011. However, even before this surge, a significant slowdown in improvement rates was evident from 2012 onwards. Between 2012 and 2019, the premature death rate only decreased by 11%, compared to a substantial 33% decline between 2005 and 2012.
 
The recent rise in cardiovascular deaths is underpinned by a myriad of interrelated factors. While the pressures on the NHS and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are contributors, warning signs have existed for over a decade. The health gap between the rich and poor has widened significantly since 2010, leading to worsening health outcomes in deprived areas. Simultaneously, insufficient action has been taken to address cardiovascular risk factors, leaving millions undiagnosed with conditions like high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, and diabetes.
 
Urgent Intervention Long Overdue
Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, Associate Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, offers a sobering assessment of the current situation, describing it as the "worst heart care crisis in living memory." Every aspect of the heart care system, from prevention to research, is under severe strain. The tragic loss of progress in reducing premature deaths underscores the need for immediate intervention to reverse this disturbing trend.
 
Sounding the Alarm
Last year, data analysis revealed over 100,000 excess deaths related to cardiovascular conditions in England since February 2020, sounding a clarion call for action. The intricate reasons behind these excess deaths include the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions and the prolonged disruption to healthcare services.
 
Research as a Vital Solution
Research emerges as a linchpin in combating the rise in premature cardiovascular deaths. The British Heart Foundation emphasizes the need to accelerate research translation, turning promising scientific discoveries into revolutionary breakthroughs. With cardiovascular disease still accounting for a quarter of all UK deaths, fostering a thriving research and development ecosystem becomes imperative for sustained progress.
 
Conclusion
The surge in premature cardiovascular deaths in the UK demands immediate attention and comprehensive action. The intricate web of factors contributing to this crisis necessitates a multifaceted approach spanning prevention, healthcare delivery, and research. Urgent measures to improve prevention strategies, prioritize heart care, and accelerate research are vital to reverse this disturbing trend and safeguard the health of the nation. The stakes are high, and the time for action is now.
 
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