Heart-related deaths rose sharply during first year of COVID-19 pandemic, report shows

Heart-related deaths rose sharply during first year of COVID-19 pandemic, report shows

The annual pace of Americans dying from cardiovascular-related causes accelerated during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic to the worst it has been since 2015, according to final figures gathered this month by the American Heart Association. In 2020, 928,741 deaths in the U.S. were blamed on cardiovascular issues, like heart disease and stroke — up from 874,613 in 2019. The age-adjusted rate of deaths also increased that year for the first time in a decade. "COVID-19 has both …