The rise in early deaths due to heart disease is becoming increasingly concerning. Recent figures from the British Heart Foundation show that the number of people under the age of 75 dying from heart disease has hit a record high.
Here we’ll explore the factors contributing to this worrying trend and how to detect heart disease early.
What is causing an increase in early heart disease deaths?
The number of people dying prematurely due to heart disease has seen a consistent rise for three years in a row. In 2022 alone, over 39,000 people in England died prematurely as a result of the disease.
This increase is linked to a combination of factors including the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic along with difficulties in accessing GP appointments, which have both contributed to an increasingly unhealthy population in the last decade.
The COVID-19 pandemic has played a significant role in exacerbating heart disease issues. The virus itself can cause cardiovascular complications, and the pandemic has also indirectly impacted heart health. Stress, changes in lifestyle, and disruptions to routine medical care during the pandemic have all contributed to increasing the risk of the condition.
Delays in GP appointments
Access to GP appointments has become increasingly challenging since the pandemic, impacting early detection and management of heart disease.
The delay in getting timely medical advice and interventions means that many people with emerging or existing heart conditions are not getting the care they need, when they need it. This is contributing to a rise in premature deaths from the condition.
Detecting heart disease early
Early detection of heart disease is crucial in reducing the risk of premature death.
Being aware of the risk factors is the first step to protecting your heart health. These include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- A family history of heart disease
The by far most important cause for early coronary disease – even affecting teenagers and patients in their 20s – is lifestyle and nutrition. The standard western diet is unfortunately pro-inflammatory mostly due to raising insulin levels due to a high sugar/processed carbohydrate content.
Dr Grosser therefore focuses on early detection (cardiac CT scan), prevention and reversal of coronary disease.
He is the only consultant cardiologist in the UK routinely checking your insulin levels in combination with an advanced lipid panel (including Lp(a), Lp-PLA2 and differentiating all LDL cholesterol sub-fractions) in order to identify the most effective strategies helping you to prevent and/or reverse coronary disease. He is also the only consultant cardiologist able to provide you with a dedicated cardio-metabolic food plan facilitating lifestyle changes helping you to become a healthier you.
Book an appointment with Dr Grosser today to assess your heart health. If any issues are found, he will discuss your options to help successfully manage and treat the condition.