Despite (Or Because Of) Mass Vaccination, COVID-Related Cardiovascular Deaths Skyrocket

Heart disease remained among the leading causes of death, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have exacerbated preexisting CVD morbidity-related racial/ethnic disparities, researchers reported.

In 2020, more than 3.3 million deaths were registered in the U.S., which exceeded the 2019 figure by more than 500,000 deaths, according to the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics update.

CVD-related deaths in the U.S. increased from 874,613 in 2019 to 928,741 in 2020, the highest single-year occurrence of CVD deaths since 2003, according to the AHA report.

“While the total number of CVD-related deaths increased from 2019 to 2020, what may be even more telling is that our age-adjusted mortality rate increased for the first time in many years and by a fairly substantial 4.6%,” Connie W. Tsao, MD, MPH, FAHA, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, attending staff cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and volunteer chair of the statistical update writing group, said in a press release. (Read more from “Despite (Or Because Of) Mass Vaccination, COVID-Related Cardiovascular Deaths Skyrocket” HERE)

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