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Heart and stroke death rates steadily decline; risks still too high
Date:1/22/2008

rly everyone with either lifestyle changes alone or lifestyle combined with medications.

However, the data show that while there is progress on some of these risk factors, others are not being reduced nearly enough. The number of people with uncontrolled hypertension has fallen by 16 percent since the American Heart Association set its 25 percent 2010 strategic goals. The number of people with elevated blood cholesterol is down 19.2 percent and tobacco use is down 15.4 percent. Perhaps most alarming, the rate of physical inactivity has only declined by 2.5 percent and the prevalence rates for obesity and type II diabetes are actually increasing, and are appearing at earlier ages than ever before.

Were working on this, but much more needs to be done, Jones pointed out. If we dont make a concerted effort to reduce these risks, we will lose the momentum we celebrate today. We will see our children developing heart disease earlier, experiencing early deaths or needing major medical care sooner. The financial and, more importantly, the emotional toll is too great.

We are pleased with the progress this new data shows, but we know we can do much more, Jones said. We need to continue to push for more research and new medical advances, along with improved adherence to our practice guidelines. Most importantly, we must make it a priority to institute lifestyle and behavior changes, and the patient-healthcare provider partnership that can control risk factors and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the first place.


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Contact: Cathy Lewis
cathy.lewis@heart.org
214-706-1324
American Heart Association
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