Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Million Hearts in Colorado: Heart Disease and Stroke Hospitalizations and Deaths Decrease

HealthDay News - Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients.

The declines noted from 1999 to 2011 are the result of lifestyle changes, better treatment and effective preventive measures, the researchers said.

The risk of death within a year after hospitalization for unstable angina or heart attack dropped by more than 20 percent. And risk of death after hospitalization for heart failure and stroke declined 13 percent, the researchers found.

Researches noted that these declines were greater than for any other medical condition, due, in part, to emphasis on healthy diets and exercise. Use of high-blood pressure medication, widespread acceptance of statin drugs to control cholesterol levels, and significant reductions in cigarette smoking have also helped bring these improvements about. Faster and better treatment for heart attack has saved lives as well.

While the statistics are encouraging, the fight against heart disease continues. It is still the leading cause of death in the US.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 201
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