Heart disease accounts for most of the deaths worldwide. According to the experts at the American Heart Association, the broad influence of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to help heart disease remain the prime cause of death for the years to come.
In 2019, around 18.6 million people died around the world due to cardiovascular disease. The number of registered cases of cardiovascular disease in the same year was around 523.2 million, which is roughly 26.6 percent more than the figures of 2010.
Experts are predicting that the global burden of cardiovascular diseases will only continue to grow at an exponential rate in the upcoming years citing it as a long-term effect of the current COVID-19 pandemic evolution. Lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating habits, increased consumption of alcohol, and the mental toll of quarantine isolation makes a person more vulnerable to cardiovascular disease.
The toll COVID-19 has taken on worldwide human life is huge and irreversible. It is on track to become one of the top 3 or 5 reasons for death in 2020. However, the impacts of the pandemic will continue to impact directly and indirectly on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and deaths caused due to it in the upcoming years.
However, experts suggest that the poor lifestyle behavior prevalent throughout the lockdown might pose a greater cardiovascular health risk.
The 2021 Statistical Update reveals the U.S. mortality data from 2018. The report claims cardiovascular disease to be the leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. COVID-19 took almost 360,000 lives in the country in 2020. As per the report, COVID-19 and its vast impact on the lifestyle changes around the world pose a greater threat by making us more vulnerable to cardiovascular disease.
The report continues to track trends relating to ideal cardiovascular health, global cardiovascular health, social determinants of health, and health care costs.