According to Professor Jelena Čelutkienė, president of the Lithuanian Society of Cardiologists, these statistics are sad, because since 2015. the declining fascial mortality curve is starting to rise again: in 2020. 9.8 percent died from these diseases. more than in 2019. Among the reasons for such a jump are the indirect consequences of COVID-19 disease and the occurrence of visits to doctors.
“Another worrying number is the number of deaths due to diseases in the bloodstream at home. Compared to the previous year, in 2020. At the end of the year, the number of deaths at home increased by as much as 90 percent. There may be more than be one reason why this happened, but it is clear that people much less often visited a cardiologist and family doctor at quarantine.
Most commonly affected are chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart failure, ischemic heart disease. The course of the disease was faster in these patients, and the risk of dying from a coronavirus infection was much higher, “comments Prof. J. Čelutkienė.
According to various sources, 40% of the pandemics in Europe were caused by myocardial infarction. less patients. According to the professor, people were inclined to avoid seeking help and suffering. Primary, secondary and tertiary levels of assistance have been significantly reduced in quarantine. Such avoidance of recourse to specialists was also observed in the fact that people who came to the hospital were in a much more serious condition than before.
According to the professor, one of the main risk factors that increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease – high cholesterol – may also increase the course of COVID-19 disease.
Statistics from the American Journal of Cardiology showed that people who took cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, had a 30 percent risk of developing or dying from severe coronavirus. lower than those who had to take these medications but did not. Patients taking statins had a shorter hospital stay of about 39 percent.
“It is also necessary to pay attention to the importance of vaccinations,” says the professor.
Unfortunately, a large proportion of at-risk seniors are still unvaccinated. I think we should follow the example of Denmark, where vaccinations are carried out proactively, come to patients, instead of waiting until they come up with their own. “
To reduce the growing number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease, the professor calls not only to vaccinate against dangerous infections, but also to take regular medication, eat healthy, give up bad habits, do physical activity, and most importantly, visit a family doctor or cardiologist, perform all necessary tests.