Mar 23, 2019
Here’s some very good news. A new study from Yale cardiology shows that the incidence of heart attacks and the rates of death from them are at 20 year lows.
Following more than 4 million Medicare patients from 1995 to 2014, the investigators report a 38% decline in heart attack hospitalizations over 2 decades. Even more impressive is the all time low 12% 30 day mortality rate after any given heart attack.
This is no accident. We as a society have been assaulting cardiovascular disease by exercising more, eating less or at least less unhealthy food, and monitoring as well as lowering our cholesterol levels.
The Yalies caution us about resting on our laurels. We should be literally heartened by our success to date but also press forward until we have eliminated all cardiac disease.
Harlan M. Krumholz, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Yun Wang. Twenty-Year Trends in Outcomes for Older Adults With Acute Myocardial Infarction in the United States. JAMA Network Open, 2019; 2 (3): e191938 DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.1938
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