Heart Disease Rate Declines in the US: Study

The CDC reveals that the prevalence of heart disease, America’s worst killer ailment, has fallen in the past five years. In 2006, heart disease rate was 6.7% among adults and this has fallen to 6% in 2010. Health experts attribute this trend to decline in smoking and better treatments for high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Education is Important
But, pockets of the country are still vulnerable. These include denizens living in West Virginia and Kentucky, and poorly educated Americans. Health experts opine more effort can bring about greater reductions in heart disease prevalence. The above statistics were published in a recent issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC.

American Indians are Most Vulnerable
People under 65 years and those with a college degree had the lowest heart disease rates. Less women were affected at 4.6% compared to men at 7.8%. Whites and Hispanic Americans benefited the most as they recorded the biggest declines over the past five years. Among blacks, heart disease rate rose slightly to 6.5% from 6.4%. Alaska Natives/American Indians suffer the highest rates at 11.6%.

Seniors are More Affected
Heart disease prevalence rises with age. Among seniors older than 65 years, about 20% had heart disease in 2010, compared to 7% in those between 45 to 64, and just 1% in people aged 18 to 44 years. Education is also important. People who did not go to high school were more affected (9.2%) compared to those with a college degree (4.6%).

Kudos to Health Organizations
Geography also matters. Only 3.7% of Hawaiians have heart trouble, while more than 8% are affected in Kentucky and West Virginia. People living in the South are more vulnerable. Health experts say despite the obesity epidemic and increase in diabetes rate, coronary heart disease rate has reduced significantly among American adults of all ages and educational levels. They credit the nation’s health organizations such as the CDC and the American Heart Association for their efforts to prevent smoking and facilitate the early detection and treatment of high cholesterol and blood pressure.

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