Heart attack rates for senior citizens have dramatically declined over the past twenty years, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
An analysis of 4.3 million Medicare recipients’ records found that hospitalization rates for heart attacks dropped dramatically over a 20-year period. Moreover, seniors are also more likely to survive a heart attack than in previous years.
The report found that between 1995 and 2014, the number of seniors aged 65+ hospitalized for heart attacks dropped by 38 percent. In addition, the death rate within 30 days of a heart attack fell by 34 percent.
The length of hospital stays and number of re-admissions also declined. And finally, the number of people who had subsequent heart attacks in the following year dropped by 38 percent.
The improvements were seen across the board, regardless of sex, gender or race.
Heart Attack Rates: Reasons For The Decline
Researcher suggest several reasons for the better outcomes. These include the use of more effective treatments such as cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) and coronary angioplasty. Both of these treatments are now considered common procedures. For example, angioplasty opens blocked or narrow arteries.
Lifestyle changes are also very important. People realize that bad behaviors such as smoking, alcohol, and stress need to be better controlled.
A good diet is also key. Many people have switched to a low-fat or vegan diet. Exercising on a regular basis has also become popular. Overall, the drop in heart attack rates is a tribute to improved medical care, stress management, and exercise.
Public service announcements by the CDC, National Institute of Aging, and the American Health Association (AHA) are resonating with the public. These government agencies and others constantly point to better control of high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Despite this good news,you should be aware that heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths, according to the CDC.