Heart Disease Deaths Decline In US

Posted: Mar 22 2016, 7:55am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Heart Disease Deaths Decline in US
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  • Mortality due to Cardiac Arrests on the Decline with a Few Exceptions

It has been said that mortality due to cardiac arrests is on the decline with a few exceptions.

Death rates due to heart disease have been slashed in the US in recent years. The only exceptions are certain regions which show the tendency despite the overall progress. The research on the matter was published in a journal.

The American Heart Association has records that tell quite a story according to which from 2003 to 2013, heart attack rates declined by 23%. However, even now 610,000 individuals succumb to the disease every year.

Heart attack accounts for one in four deaths in the Land of Opportunity. The CDC has all the data compiled beforehand. Therefore in spite of the fact that heart disease rates have declined, the disease remains the #1 cause of death in the United States.

It is endemic to the region and costs the medical establishment millions of dollars worth of money in the steps taken for its treatment. The study examined death certificates for patients aged 35 years and older in 3000 counties in the US. The years of the study spanned from 1973 to 2010.

"Despite the overall decline in heart disease death rates, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, as well as one of the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation," Michele Casper, Ph.D., the study's lead author and an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, said in a statement.

A geographical shift was evident in the analysis that was carried out. The data was sifted through and the results were evident. Way back in the 1970s, the highest occurrence of death due to heart disease took place in the northeastern regions stretching from Appalachia to the Midwest.

North Carolina, South Carolina and Goergia were included in the trend. By 2010 though the picture had radically changed. The deep south below the Mason-Dixon line had become the new region for the disease.

Those counties which showed the slowest rates of decline included: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The regions which showed the highest rates of decline included the northern areas. A 64% to 83% decline was visible there.

Regional variation in heart attack rates were noticeable. This spells new steps for treatment and preventive efforts that need to be made. Local culture with its cuisine and habits tend to increase or decrease chances of heart attack.

Certain changes that have occurred over the times may have shifted the heart attack occurrence from one half of the United States to the other. Socioeconomic conditions, dietary patterns, public trends, physical activity levels and eradication of bad habits such as smoking make a huge difference.

Also provision of health care counted in the equation. The regional difference means that emergency measures will have to be taken to provide the best healthcare for the areas most afflicted by this malady of modern times.

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