Furthermore, poor lifestyle habits such as unbalanced diets and a lack of exercise also played a role, said Dr Connolly:
“Heart disease rates driven up by poor lifestyle habits during the pandemic….we know the alcohol consumption went up.”
What this means is that the NHS is set to be hit by a wave of patients who have either developed cardiovascular conditions or not been able to have existing conditions treated.
Another factor in coronary heart disease becoming a problem is people not being seen in person and subsequently not having their blood pressure or cholesterol checked.
Dr Connolly said: “If you don’t have blood tests or blood pressure to measure then people don’t get proper therapy so one of the problems we’ve had is that we’ve not had many contacts with patients.”