US CDC: Heart Disease Death Rates Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic

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An epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed, in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the death rate from heart disease has been increased, which is particularly high among younger adults, and the death rate spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting years of progress.

The death rates from heart disease in the United States have been declining among adults since the 1990s. However, a review of the data in 2020 identified that death rates from heart disease increased across adults in all the age groups, specifically in the young and non-Hispanic Black adults.

According to Rebecca C. Woodruff from the US CDC, the increase in death rates from heart disease in 2020 generally represents around 5 years of lost progress among adults, and around 10 years of lost progress among non-Hispanic Black adults and young adults.

Rebecca C. Woodruff added that they expected to witness an increase in heart disease death rates, but the magnitude of the hike was striking. In 2020, the heart disease death rate increased by 4.1 percent.

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Researchers also also noted that as findings need further investigation, the increasing evidence suggests that people who have had COVID-19 infection might be at more risk to get affected by new cardiovascular disease.