Good News/Bad News: Heart Disease Deaths WAY down

When it comes to your heart, we’re really good at treatment … but have a long way to go at prevention. 

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A Whopping 20% Decrease
Deaths from heart disease fell an amazing 28 percent between 1997 and 2007. For stroke? Deaths fell 45 percent in the same period. This is amazing news! 
So what’s not to like about these data? 
The journal Circulation reported that the number of heart procedures performed in hospitals rose 27 percent during the same period.

The mortality rate going down is good news; however, the fact that the burden of disease is so high indicates that we may have won a battle against mortality but have not won the war against heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Veronique Roger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who led the study.

Cost Of The Disease
The team said the cost of treating heart disease and stroke topped $286 billion in 2007, a figure that includes both health costs and lost productivity at work. That outstrips the cost of treating cancer and benign tumors, which in 2008 was estimated to exceed $228 billion, the researchers said.

According to the report, 33.5 percent of U.S. adults 20 and older have high blood pressure, and while 80 percent known they have high blood pressure, less than half have it under control.

The team also found that 23.1 percent of men and 18.1 percent of women smoke; 5 percent of adults 20 and older have high cholesterol, and more than 67 percent of adults are overweight.

The Bottom Line
We need to educate people on the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Our goal should be to make heart surgery as exceptionally rare as it is exceptionally performed! 

Deaths from heart disease down 28 pct: AHA | Reuters

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