HEART HEALTH NEWS
In New York, tobacco use is responsible for more than 28,000 deaths every year — that’s more than alcohol, auto accidents, and shootings. “We know that 80% of smokers will see a health care provider every year, that’s a perfect opportunity for counseling on the risks of smoking, but also for treatment.”
“Public health is a quiet secret that exists in the background. People only hear about their local health department when there is a problem,” says Dr. Oscar Alleyne.
Every year, it seems we deal with a devastating strain of the flu. This year, the term “twindemic” captures the overlap of the flu and COVID pandemic. “Certainly what we are concerned about is the twindemic, that cases of both influenza and COVID present in the same person. That would be quite devastating.”
Forecasting healthcare trends for the ensuing year in standard times usually considers examining the current focus’s effect while balancing future needs. But we do not live in normal times. COVID will continue to be a massive demand in 2021, but two other major areas will most likely emerge.
COVID is not the first virus that has presented short or long-term damage to the heart muscle or vascular system. However, it is unique in how it affects people. “COVID is such a bizarre virus in that it truly presents a constellation of symptoms with each person having a completely different subset.”
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can lead to death within just minutes of the event if the victim doesn’t receive immediate medical attention or help. SCA is often confused for a heart attack because they share a cardiac connection due to the instant onset that can strike without warning.