According to the latest online survey carried out by the Cleveland Clinic, it was found that 4 out of 10 American adults had at least one heart issue during the covid 19 pandemic, and about 1 out of 4 who tested positive said that the corona pandemic has affected their heart health.
4 In 10 Us Adults Are Affected By Heart Issues Since The Pandemic
Yes, the global pandemic COVID-19, which is a corona virus-induced disease, mainly causes respiratory or lung issues but can also affect the heart. China and Italy are the two places where COVID-19 was prevalent during an earlier epidemic and an early report shows that 1 out of 5 people who were tested positive with the disease ended up with a heart injury.
Heart failure is the leading cause of death in COVID-19 patients, even those without serious respiratory problems such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. The main problems reported in the survey among 1000 adult Americans were Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), higher blood pressure (15%), and chest pain (13%).
According to Dr. Samir Kapadia, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, COVID exhaustion is a real thing and he says that by this year’s survey they wanted to see what kind of effects the ongoing epidemic had on Americans heart health and particularly their healthy habits. He also states that 90% of heart diseases can be prevented through a healthier diet, regular exercise, and not by smoking, and suggests that now it’s the time to refocus on our heart health.
By the survey conducted as the pandemic approaches its second anniversary, a rise in a particular habit was found that is more and more Americans are clinging to their seats, and walking has decreased. Overall 77% of respondents said that they sit frequently or occasionally throughout the day. In total, 4 out of 10 respondents who lost a family member to heart disease before the age of 60 were never screened for the illness that caused the death of their loved ones. However, the level of screening was higher(54%) over the millennia.
One-third of the respondents of the survey said that even if they had a family history of heart disease, there was nothing they could do to reduce the risk. But the doctors explained that early screening and treatment could save lives. And about one-third of the respondents did not know that these factors can increase the risk of heart disease: stress (33%); high blood pressure (35%); obesity (39%); and smoking/vaping (41%). Only 22 % know that the Mediterranean diet is good for the heart, and about 51% said they do not follow a certain diet plan.
The survey found that 77% of respondents knew their family history of heart disease, and 65% said they had their blood pressure checked in the last six months. The online survey was conducted from November 8, 2021, to November 26, 2021, to mark American Heart Month in February.