NHS England has launched a campaign to teach people common heart attack signs, as admissions in England rise by more 7,000 compared to the year before.
NHS figures released on Tuesday show that there were more than 84,000 hospital heart attack admissions in England during 2021–22, up by more than 7,000 compared to the previous year when fewer people came forward for care during COVID-19 lockdowns.
The NHS said that admissions for heart attacks have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Cardiovascular disease is the second biggest killer in England.
The data were released as health chiefs launched a campaign urging those with symptoms to seek help, as part of a push to teach people about the common signs of a heart attack that they say are often dismissed or ignored.
From this week, an NHS advert will run encouraging people to call 999 as soon as they experience symptoms of a heart attack.
Professor Nick Linker, a cardiologist and NHS national clinical director for heart disease, said, “Cardiovascular disease causes one in four deaths across the country, so it is vital that people are aware of the early signs of a heart attack.”
Dr. Clare Craig, a consultant pathologist who has carried out extensive research into COVID-19 with HART, told The Epoch Times that the data pointed to consequences from lockdown policies. She also called for more investigation into COVID-19 vaccines.
“We know that people did not attend the emergency department for heart attacks in 2021 and there was a rise in cardiac arrests at that time suggesting that lives were lost as a result,” she said.
“People didn’t attend because of policies including isolation requirements as well as propagandised fear that made people frightened to attend,” she added.
“There was a clear stepwise increase in cardiac arrest calls that began in spring 2021 with the rollout of the COVID vaccines. The role of policies that decreased attendance as well as the role of COVID vaccinations on heart disease both need proper investigation,” said Dr. Craig