The death toll in England and Wales continues to rise, even though Covid-related deaths have dropped.
As a result, health experts have requested an immediate investigation into the source of the rising non-Covid excess death.
Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed 1,540 excess deaths in the week ending on June 24. However, only about 10% of those deaths were caused by Covid-19, the Telegraph reported.
Health experts are still looking for answers and have called for an urgent investigation. They believed that the pandemic response, lack of access to healthcare, and even the cost of living crisis might be to blame.
“Before the end of March, deaths in England and Wales were lower than usual this year despite hundreds of people dying from Covid. Yet in the last three months, the situation has reversed, with overall deaths rising even though Covid deaths have been falling,” the news outlet added.
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‘The reality is going to be quite complex’
Prof Paul Hunter, professor in medicine, at the University of East Anglia, said some of the excess could be people whose health was weakened by Covid. The infection is known to increase the risk of stroke and heart attacks. But he warned that there may be other more complex factors at play.
“Some might also be down to other impacts of the pandemic, such as problems in accessing health care, delayed referrals for treatment and then things related to the restrictions we lived under, such as reduced activity and sedentary lives,” he said.
“I think the reality is going to be quite complex but it’s something we do need to be aware of and actually try and understand.
“We know there is a relationship between excess deaths and deprivation so maybe the current financial situation we are in is exacerbating that.
“There is despair from your livelihood disappearing up the swanny. It doesn’t have to lead to suicide, chronic stress can lead to all sorts of problems.”
Dr Charles Levinson, the chief executive of the private GP company DoctorCall, also called for a government inquiry into what was causing so many deaths at home.
The ONS reported 752 excess deaths in the home in the latest week, 30 per cent more than usual, and more than hospitals and care homes put together.
“This is exactly why a proper government investigation is required,” he said. “This is not just displacement from hospitals… I do not understand how this is not being properly discussed.”
Dr Levinson added: “The reasons behind these horrific numbers are complicated and none of us fully understand them, so that is exactly why there should be an urgent and comprehensive Government inquiry.
“If anything, the situation seems to be worsening. Considering the relentless focus on one virus for more than two years, requesting answers from Government on thousands and thousands of non-Covid excess deaths is entirely reasonable.”
Below is the list of articles reported by so-called health experts to explain the recent spike in “Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome” (SADS).
Notice what DIDN’T make the list!
- “Medics found that pollutants in the soil could have a ‘detrimental effect on the cardiovascular system’. Writing in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology, the authors said soil pollutants include heavy metals, pesticides, and plastics. They state that contaminated soil could then lead to increasing oxidative stress in the blood vessels, which in turn leads to heart disease. Dirty soil can get into the blood stream, through inhalation.”
- “Dr John Bisognano, head of preventive cardiology at the University of Michigan Health Frankel Cardiovascular Center, warned that people who live stagnant lives could end up straining themselves to the point of death while shoveling snow. ‘Many people haven’t done a lot of exercise for the rest of the year and shoveling snow is not only a heavy exercise, but an exercise that really stresses the entire cardiovascular system,’ Bisognano said in a university release.“
- “A doctor has warned that today’s huge hike in gas and electricity prices for 22million homes across the Uk could mean a rise in heart attacks and strokes. Dr Amir Khan spoke out on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, as he fears the huge new bills will have a devastating effect on people’s health. As a doctor, he said he knows he will see the effects on patients attending his GP practice.”
- “Sweating more than usual could be a sign of an impending heart attack, experts say. Night sweats are also a sign for women that they have heart issues. It’s well-known that heart attacks can be life-threatening and the sight of someone in a TV drama clutching their chest as they struggle for breath is a common one. However, in real life there are several early warning signs to be aware of.”
Health Line: Can Snoring Lead to Heart Failure?
- “Snoring is not only a noisy nuisance — it may also be a sign of sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has this underlying condition. For those who do, snoring can lead to heart failure.”
- “A new study finds that if we could limit our daily television viewing, we could reduce our risk of heart disease. They found that people who watched more than four hours of TV a day were at the greatest risk of developing heart disease while those who watched less than an hour of TV a day had a 16-percent lower rate. Interestingly, time spent using a computer did not appear to influence heart disease risk.”
Daily Mail: Entirely new kind of ‘highly reactive’ chemical is found in Earth’s atmosphere – and it could be triggering respiratory and heart diseases and contributing to global warming, scientists claim
- “Scientists have detected a new type of extremely reactive substance in the Earth’s atmosphere that could pose a threat to human health, as well as the global climate. The research team claims that the hydrotrioxides are likely to be able to penetrate into tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, which pose a health hazard and can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.”
- “Experts have now warned that the stress that builds up due to travel issues could be putting you at risk of silent killers. Superintendent pharmacist Abbas Kanani at ChemistClick said unexpected events such as grounded flights and refund issues could trigger physical changes in the body. He explained: “Holidaymakers deciding to sleep in airports, buy unhealthy meals and increase the consumption of alcohol when faced with continuous uncertainty could be at risk of high cholesterol which can lead to the life threatening condition, heart disease.”
- “Scientific research has found that the transition to daylight saving time, could be linked to heart disease and strokes, according to a report from the American Heart Association.”
- “Being taller may increase your risk of developing nerve, skin and some heart diseases, according to the largest study linking height and disease to date. The findings suggest that height could be used as a risk factor to prioritise screening tests for those at greatest risk of certain diseases.”
- “The historical discriminatory housing policies known as “redlining” are associated with heart disease and related risk factors today in impacted neighborhoods, more than 60 years after they were banned, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Health disparities have been linked to a variety of socio-economic, environmental and social factors, and this study adds to growing evidence of the long-term cardiovascular impacts disparities can have on vulnerable populations.”
Medical News Today: What is the link between cold weather and heart attacks?
- “Cold weather exposure can increase the risk of cardiac responses, including heart attacks. This is because blood vessels respond to low temperatures by constricting, which increases blood pressure and reduces circulation, putting strain on the heart.”
New York Post: Falling asleep with the TV on could bring early death: study
- “Millions of Americans fall asleep each night in front of the TV — but a new study has found the practice could contribute to an early death. Researchers at the Northwestern University School of Medicine examined the impact of ambient light on the health and sleeping habits of 552 people between the ages of 63 and 84.”
- “Solar storms that disrupt Earth’s magnetic field may cause up to 5500 heart-related deaths in the US in some years. The sun goes through cycles of high and low activity that repeat approximately every 11 years.”
- “Harvard Health writes: “Sleeping sitting up in a recliner […] could in some cases raise your risk of deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot in a limb can occur if your arms or legs are both bent motionless for hours. “But provided you are comfortable and can recline back slightly, there should be few risks to sleeping upright, assuming it doesn’t interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep.” Sleeping upright is not the only sleeping position with health risks, however. According to experts at Mayo Clinic, sleeping on the back can cause the tongue and jaw to slant down, crowding the airway.”