Hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease, stroke drop in the last decade

Hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease, stroke drop in the last decade

  • One important aspect of healthy living is paying attention to the latest health news, so you can be encouraged and can maintain the knowledge to keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • The American Heart Association has recently reported some very encouraging news concerning heart health in Americans.
  • United States hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly in the last decade, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
  • Interestingly, these improvements happened in a period when there were no real ‘miracle’ clinical advancements,” explained Harlan Krumholz, M.D., S.M., lead author of the “most comprehensive report card to-date” on America’s latest progress in heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment. “Rather, we saw consistent improvements in the use of evidence-based treatments and medications and an increase in quality improvement initiatives using registries and other data to track performance and support improvement efforts — as well as a strong emphasis on heart-healthy lifestyles and behaviors.”
  • Researchers gathered data on almost 34 million Medicare Fee-For-Service recipients in 1999-2011. They analyzed trends in hospitalization rates, death within a month of being admitted, being admitted again within a month and dying the following year. The researchers considered many risk factors, including age, sex, other illnesses, race, and geography.
  • They found that by the end of 2011, hospitalization among all factors dropped by the following:
  1. 38 percent for heart attack;
  2. 83.8 percent for unstable angina, sudden chest pain often leading to heart attack;
  3. 30.5 percent for heart failure; and
  4. 33.6 percent for ischemic stroke.
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