Little Improvement in Reduction in Stroke and Heart Disease Deaths in Patients Under 65
A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – published in the September 6 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – has raised some alarming information concerning the number of preventable stroke and heart disease deaths. These concerns are further exacerbated by the fact that more than half of these victims were under the age of 65.
More than 200,000 adults aged 74 or under lost their lives to preventable heart disease, stroke and hypertensive disease in 2010.
But the CDC indicates there are signs of improvement. The rate of preventable deaths stemming from these conditions was reduced by 29 percent between 2001 and 2010. However, the age group most affected by this progress was those over the age of 65. There was less improvement in the 55-64 and 35 to 54 age groups, and no change in the 0-34 age group.
Further, rates were higher in the South and among blacks. Males also suffered more preventable deaths from heart disease, stroke and hypertensive disease than females.
Heart disease remains the leading killer in the United States, according to the CDC. Stroke is fourth behind cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Adopting preventative measures may help reduce heart disease risk. This includes leading an active lifestyle, quitting smoking, controlling cholesterol, and maintaining a healthy diet.
Disability Benefits for Cardiovascular Health Problems
Meanwhile, those diagnosed with a serious cardiovascular condition may be unable to work. Symptoms could be disabling, resulting in the need for disability benefits. For help filing a claim or learning more about rights to disability benefits, contact the Disability Help Group