Healthy hearts: Mortality rates are ahead of 2010 goals

Working better and better: Statistically, our hearts are getting better and better. The rate of heart-related deaths is dropping faster than goals set by by national health organizations.
Working better and better: Statistically, our hearts are getting better and better. The rate of heart-related deaths is dropping faster than goals set by by national health organizations.Courtesy wikipedia
Here’s something to strengthen your heart in advance of Valentine’s Day. Nationally, our rates for heart attack and stroke deaths have dropped faster than the pace national health organizations hope we’ll be at in 2010.

Over the period from 1999 to 2005, heart disease deaths dropped 25.8 percent while stroke deaths dropped 24.4 percent. That means that 160,000 people are still alive today who statistically would have likely died from heart and circulation trouble in the past year. If those rates continue, we’ll have an extra 240,000 people living a year from now who in past years would have died from heart ailments.

However, while our hearts are getting healthier epidemics continue on the diabetes and obesity fronts. And health problems associated with those factors could offset the decreased deaths from heart troubles.

The National Center for Health Statistics released the analysis of these health findings, but didn’t issue any causes for the changing mortality rates. So I put it to you, why are people having better heart health? Better diets? Decreased smoking? More exercise? Share your thoughts here with Science Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

anshella's picture
anshella says:

thats so cool

posted on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 6:03pm
rob at kardea nutrition's picture

Certainly good news. What factors correlate to this reduction? Medications? Surgery & other procedures? lifestyle?

posted on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 10:52pm
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

i think thats real good cause haveing heart attacks were very high back then.... i hope that heart attacks dropped even more then they have fa real

posted on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 10:19pm
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

It's great for people what have heart troubles, is a hope from this people...

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 8:12pm
Noah's picture
Noah says:

We are learning about this in school right now, and I find it very interesting. It is important and good that the risk of heart disease drops. I think it's very important that people stop smoking and have better diets, as said in the article. Heart disease is very dangerous, so it's important that people understand what it can do to them.

posted on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 1:06pm
Nathaniel's picture
Nathaniel says:

Having to know that the rate for heart attacks dropped, that shows a great improvement now than back then.I also think is nice for all these organizations to help out on this specific problem.I also believe that it will be great for the rate to heart attacks(heart disease) to drop even more:)

posted on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 4:09pm

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