Navigation Links
U.S. Deaths Down From Heart Disease, Stroke
Date:1/22/2008

But childhood obesity epidemic could undo gains, heart association says

TUESDAY, Jan. 22 (HealthDay News) -- American Heart Association goals to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 2010 have been virtually met.

But a worrisome lack of progress against such intractable health problems as obesity and diabetes -- even among children -- could render those gains short-lived, the heart association reported Tuesday.

New 2005 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that since 1999, deaths from heart disease have dropped by 25.8 percent and deaths from stroke have fallen by 24.4 percent.

"This is evidence of strong progress in our battle against heart disease and stroke," said Dr. Dan Jones, president of the heart association.

In 1999, the association set the goal of a 25 percent reduction in deaths from heart disease and stroke by 2010, Jones said. "We have made that goal in heart disease and are just fractions from meeting that goal in stroke," he said.

The fall in mortality means that, compared to 1999 levels, there will be 36 percent fewer deaths from heart disease in 2008 and 34 percent fewer deaths from stroke.

Jones cited a number of factors that have contributed to the reduction in deaths from heart disease and stroke, the nation's number-one and number-three killers, respectively. They include better treatments for both heart disease and stroke, with new medications and technologies, and new treatment guidelines, he said.

Also noteworthy are better drugs and treatment guidelines to control blood pressure and cholesterol, and a reduction in smoking rates, he said.

Despite this progress, concerns remain. "Not everyone is benefiting," Jones said. "Health disparities across race and geography mean that not everyone has rates that are falling as fast as for everyone else."

For instance, while deaths from heart disease have dropped 26.9 percent for women since 1999, deaths from stroke have fallen only 23.7 percent -- lower than the 25.8 percent for men.

Also, differences among racial groups continue to persist. For blacks, deaths from heart disease are down by 23.8 percent, compared with 25.6 percent for whites. Stroke deaths among blacks have dropped 20.3 percent, compared with 25 percent for whites.

Jones said these differences were particularly noticeable in the South, the so-called "Stroke Belt."

Much of the progress comes from better treatment, not prevention, Jones said. "We would like to see more emphasis on preventing heart disease, particularly with our epidemic of childhood obesity," he said. "Soon high blood pressure rates will be on the rise and we will be overwhelmed with a new epidemic of cardiovascular disease that will hit people at a younger age."

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, agrees that more effort is needed to get people to control risk factors -- such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol -- for heart disease and stroke.

"The decline in age-adjusted death rates in the United States for coronary heart disease is a spectacular and highly remarkable achievement," he said.

"However, cardiovascular risk factor control is still far from ideal and preventable. Cardiovascular events are still occurring, so this should be a call for further support for the efforts of the American Heart Association, CDC, and other organizations to improve the nation's cardiovascular health," Fonarow said.

More information

For more on heart disease and stroke, visit the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Dan Jones, M.D., president, American Heart Association, Dallas; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; American Heart Association, news release, Jan. 22, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. One-third of stunting and a quarter of deaths among under 3s in poor countries could be prevented
2. Malnutrition Responsible for a Third of Child Deaths Worldwide
3. One third of stunting and a quarter of deaths among under 3s in poor countries could be prevented
4. New study: US ranks last among other industrialized nations on preventable deaths
5. US ranks last among other industrialized nations on preventable deaths
6. New report estimates 12 million cancer deaths worldwide
7. New Lancet Study: Tobacco Control Measures Are Effective and Affordable Strategies to Reduce Chronic Disease Deaths Globally
8. Bowel cancer screening halves emergency admissions and cuts deaths
9. US Preventive Medicine(R) Says Study on Heart Disease-related Deaths Demonstrates Need for Preventive Medical Care
10. Global Warming May Trigger Rise in Heart Deaths
11. Plastic Surgery Complications and Deaths are Rare, Despite Highly Publicized Death of Donda West
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Deaths Down From Heart Disease, Stroke
(Date:8/18/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 , ... More than 20,000 ... Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to an ambitious venture that conjoined the passions of ... the generous support of the Liberty community. These shoes will save lives from the ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... August 18, 2017 ... Hearing,” advocating for active, healthy lifestyles and highlighting the importance of proactive eye ... hearing impairments and shares the latest innovations in hearing aid technology. , ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Hernandez Insurance Agencies, a northern Virginia firm ... DC region, is inaugurating a “New Leash On Life” charity initiative in conjunction ... to be companions for veterans in need. , The Semper K9 organization works ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... John, IN (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... to communities in northwest Indiana, is campaigning in support of Campagna Academy in a ... referred to as the “Hoosier Boys’ Town of Indiana,” Campagna Academy is a nonprofit ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... Fl (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... network of highly trained practitioners specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and integrative ... with hormone imbalance and conditions of aging, such as menopause, andropause, thyroid disorder ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/2/2017)... 2017   Marshall County Hospital in Benton, Kentucky has ... of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC , short for "total room ... pathogens such as C. diff , MRSA, MERS, Ebola and more. ... Tru-D SmartUVC ... Tru-D in action in a patient room ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... WASHINGTON , Aug. 2, 2017 CaryRx, a ... same day delivery service for patients in the ... the traditional retail pharmacy by providing delivery of medications through ... scheduled for future delivery or delivered within one hour to ... "We are excited to bring this invaluable service to ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... , July 31, 2017  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), ... Michigan by Crain,s Detroit Business ... and public companies by three-year revenue growth. This year,s edition ... To view the complete list, visit crainsdetroit.com/awards/fast_50/2017 ... is an incredible triumph," said Phil Hagerman , CEO ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: