Recent articles published in medical journals or the public media, discuss the emerging link between COVID-19 and cardiovascular diseases surge, and the factors that have driven this phenomenon over the last year since the beginning of the pandemic.
The authors of this article also discuss several factors that may contribute to the cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19. This includes the adrenergic drive, systemic inflammatory milieu and cytokine-release syndrome caused by SARS-CoV-2, direct viral infection of myocardial and endothelial cells, hypoxia due to respiratory failure and electrolytic imbalances.
In a recent Healthline news entitled “Why heart disease deaths rose during covid-19 surge”, Dr. Laurence M. Epstein, a professor of cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, concluded that there are two major factors regarding COVID-19’s impact on deaths from heart disease.
In the U.S., about 655,000 people die of heart disease each year. According to Jeffrey Kluger, “Take a nation that already eats too much, drinks too much, exercises too little and fails too often to show up for regular checkups, put them in lockdown for a year or more, and those behaviors–all of which are drivers of cardiovascular disease–will only get worse”.