Heart failure is the number 1 killer of Americans according to a new report published in JAMA Cardiology.
Improvements in public health and medicine have improved life expectancy. A rapidly-aging U.S population with high rates of diabetes and obesity is challenging the progress made so far that had been showing cardiovascular disease rates had been rapidly declining over the past few decades.
This new study which looked at death certificates from 2011 through 2017 also points to another risk; Americans are getting older. Heart problems are much more common in the 65+ aged population and those problems worsen with age.
The sheer number of older patients is taxing an already overburdened healthcare system.
The cure may be as simple as living an active lifestyle, eating better and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking. Socialization is also known to improve longevity. Sometimes, the cure is not in the doctor’s office but in your lifestyle as you age.
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Heart Failure Is Killing More Americans. Can the Health Care System Keep Up?
BY JAMIE DUCHARME OCTOBER 31, 2019
A rapidly aging U.S. population, as well as high rates of obesity and diabetes, are causing more people to die from heart failure and other heart problems, according to a new report published in JAMA Cardiology. That’s bad news not only for patients but also for the U.S. health care system.
Heart disease remains the leading killer of Americans, but improvements in public health and medicine over the last few decades have driven cardiovascular mortality rates way down. In recent years, however, that progress has slowed, and declines in heart disease mortality have been more modest. Some studies even suggest cardiovascular death rates are rising among younger adults, due in part to widespread obesity and Type 2 diabetes.