Sobering numbers on COVID-19 deaths have just been released. In 2021, COVID became the third leading cause of death among Americans. While that’s not all too surprising with unimaginable numbers being released daily, you may be interested to learn what number one is and has been for a long while. Yes, heart disease.
Of course, COVID has been top of mind for over two years now. From lockdowns to constant news coverage, no one on the planet is anything less than an expert on the disease. Yet, last year, almost double the number of people who died from COVID succumbed to heart disease. Sadly, these statistics are a little more than a footnote in how much coverage they received.
Much like many serious COVID complications are largely preventable with proper health measures and vaccination; most cases of heart disease are similarly preventable with a combination of better exercise, adequate diet, and early intervention. Of course, employing a qualified and knowledgeable cardiologist to guide you, such as those at Nevada Cardiology Associates, is imperative.
COVID and Heart Disease Deaths Can Be Interlinked
Interestingly, many of these deaths are related. We know that those suffering from heart disease have a significantly higher risk of death if infected with COVID. We also know that COVID and heart disease share some risk factors for severe complications, including obesity, poor diet, type two diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Even the second leading cause of death – cancer – has some shared risk factors.
Ultimately, if nothing else, COVID has reminded us how important your general health is. We must make a more significant effort to approach our health and our hearts holistically.
If you or anybody you love are suffering from the risk factors of heart disease or are experiencing cardiovascular issues, we encourage a visit to a cardiologist to get an appropriate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. Early intervention and a lifestyle change can significantly affect longevity and quality of life.