CDC: Deaths from Certain Types of Heart Disease Falling
A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that death rates for several types of heart disease have dropped in a 10-year period. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was conducted using death certificate data from 2000-2010.
Over this 10-year period, more than 7.1 million Americans over the age of 35 died from heart disease. The overall death rate for heart disease in general fell 3.8 percent per year and death rates for coronary heart disease (CHD) fell 5.1 percent per year. The decrease in death rates held true for most of the heart disease and CHD subtypes with two exceptions: hypertensive heart disease (HHD) and arrhythmia.
The death rate for HHD, which is heart disease caused by high blood pressure, increased by 1.3 percent per year. The death rate for arrhythmia, which is irregular heartbeat, increased by 1.0 percent per year. Researchers believe these increases are due to uncontrolled blood pressure and obesity among younger adults becoming more prevalent.
Another reason for the increases in these types of heart disease death is due to the increasing age of the general population. People are living longer with more chronic or serious health conditions. Researchers are continuing to seek evidence-based treatments to apply to CHD patients and help prevent other types of heart disease.
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