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Heart Disease Rates Fall, but Still High

Monday, 31 Dec 2012 10:06 AM


Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease and stroke than a decade ago, but cardiovascular causes still account for nearly one in every three deaths in the U.S.
That’s the latest word from the American Heart Association, contained in a new report in the AHA journal Circulation.
Between 1999 and 2009, the rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease fell 32.7 percent, according to the “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013.” But the report also showed heart and vascular conditions kill 2,150 people each day — about one death every 40 seconds — which adds up to nearly a third of all causes of death.
Alan S. Go, M.D., a cardiologist who headed the AHA committee that produced the report, said poor eating and exercise habits are the culprits in many cases of cardiovascular deaths.
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"Americans need to move a lot more, eat healthier and less, and manage risk factors as soon as they develop," said Dr. Go, chief of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Conditions Section of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland.
"If not, we'll quickly lose the momentum we've gained in reducing heart attack and stroke rates and improving survival over the last few decades."
Two years ago, the American Heart Association set a goal to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reduce heart disease and stroke deaths 20 percent by 2020. But projections in the new report suggest the nation will fall far short of that target, with heart health only improving by 6 percent if current trends continue.
Projected increases in obesity and diabetes, and only modest improvements in diet and physical activity, are hindering progress, the report said. But smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure rates are projected to decline.
Among the report’s other findings:
• More than 68 percent of adults are overweight or obese; more adults age 20 and over are obese (34.6 percent) than normal or underweight (31.8 percent).
• Among children, 31.8 percent are overweight or obese.
• Thirty-two percent of adults engage in no aerobic activity; 17.7 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys, grades 9-12, report fewer than an hour of aerobic activity a week.
• 13.8 percent of adults have total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or higher.
• Thirty-three percent of adults have high blood pressure; 44 percent African-Americans have hypertension.
• More than 8 percent of adults have diagnosed diabetes, and 8.2 percent have undiagnosed diabetes; 38.2 percent have prediabetes.
• More than 21 percent of men and 16.7 percent of women smoke cigarettes; 18.1 percent of students in grades 9-12 report cigarette smoking.
The American Heart Association also recommends the following steps to improve the nation’s cardiovascular health:
• Encouraging healthcare systems to support and reward providers who help patients improve their health behaviors and manage their health risk factors.
• Getting insurers to cover preventive health services and reward positive health behaviors and medication adherence.
• Making changes in schools that support healthy diets and physical activity for children.
• Building comprehensive worksite wellness programs.
• Providing improved access to healthier foods and green space for physical activity in all communities.
For more information on improving your heart health, go to www.MyHeartMyLife.org.

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