Heart disease and stroke are preventable, yet they remain leading causes of death, disability, and health care spending in the US. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. People who have serious heart conditions are also at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. However, a troubling trend is happening.
Did you know emergency department visits for cardiovascular disease have declined significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic? At least 1 in 5 expected emergency department visits for heart attack or stroke did not occur during the initial months of the pandemic. People were afraid to get medical help because of the virus. Heart attacks and strokes can be life-threatening, and they are not taking a break for COVID-19.
Chestnut Street is joining the CDC Million Hearts® initiative and health organizations across the nation in spotlighting the importance of seeking emergency care for heart attack and stroke symptoms. Coordinated actions by public health and health care professionals, communities, and healthcare systems can and will keep people healthy, and improve outcomes especially for priority populations if we take the correct precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the ambitious Million Hearts 2022 Million Hearts 2022 initiative to revive what had long been a steady downturn in the cardiovascular death rate. Their goal is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes within 5 years. Some of their recommendations include practicing healthy living habits.
Chestnut Street offers a few products to help you live your best life at any age, including staying active and healthy. Check out the The Power Armz lightweight, adjustable arm band that shines high intensity LED light that makes you visible outdoors. The Numbrella will keep you dry on your next hike despite the weather. Nubrella is a hands-free, non-invertible umbrella/weather protector, conveniently worn backpack-style. Stay safe and take care of yourself. Embrace it!