PROGRESS AGAINST HEART DISEASE & STROKE

Updated:Jan 21,2015

The latest federal statistics show more progress in the fight against heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in America. Here’s a look at the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

HEART DISEASE AND STROKE DEATHS
(Death rates are the number of deaths per 100,000 people)


Heart Disease:

  • 1970 - 492.7
  • 1980 - 412.1
  • 1990 - 321.8
  • 2000 - 257.6
  • 2010 - 179.1
  • 2013 – 170.5
     
Stroke:
  • 1970 - 147.7
  • 1980 - 96.4
  • 1990 - 65.5
  • 2000 - 60.9
  • 2010 - 39.1
  • 2013 – 36.9

THE FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE AND STROKE
Experts attribute many factors to the decline in deaths over the years, including:

  • Improved diagnosis and treatments for patients
  • Fewer people smoking, and lower blood pressure and total cholesterol levels
  • Scientific research and medical advances
  • Laws creating healthier environments
  • Increased awareness about healthy living
  • Better Emergency care
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