More women are dying of heart disease, a new report reveals.
According to new death data, the death rates for adult cancer in the US have fallen between 1999 and 2017.
But while heart disease deaths dropped by 22 percent between 1999 and 2011, they rose by 4 percent from 2011 to 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & National Center for Health Statistics.
Women saw the worst increase in heart disease deaths. The mortality rate for men increased by three percent from 2011 to 2017, it was more than double for women – seven percent – in the same period.
Cancer mortality rates among adults aged 45 and 64 decreased by 19% from 1999 to 2017, while heart disease mortality decreased by 22% from 1999 to 2011, and then increased 4% from 2011 to 2017
Heart disease is the biggest killer in every country, including the US, and cancer is the second leading cause of death.
Although the two look very different, the report notes that they have similar risk factors, including tobacco use, high blood pressure and obesity.
To reach their findings, the team looked at death certificates for adults aged 45 to 64 between 1999 and 2017 in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
Over the course of the study period, the death rate for cancer remained higher than the heart rate.
White Caucasian women saw the largest increase in the number of deaths from heart disease by 12 percent between 2009 and 2017.
Black women also saw an increase in their death rate – around six percent from 2011 to 2017.
However, when it came to Spanish women, this group saw a 37 percent decrease over the study period.
Moreover, this trend was not observed in adults between 20 and 44 years of age or in adults aged 65 and over.
& # 39; Risk factors such as obesity and hypertension occur at a younger age & # 39 ;, said Dr. Christina Shay, director of impact and health metrics at the American Heart Association, who was not involved in the study, DailyMail.com
& # 39; Time is a factor and because [the risk factors] all occur in old age, those death rates begin to decline and they start to die earlier. & # 39;
The death rate for women with heart disease increased in total, but white women saw the largest increase between 2009 and 2017 by 12 percent
Dr. Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who was also not involved, called the report & # 39; a bit of a canary in a coal mine & # 39 ;.
& # 39; These are people who should be working at the very best age and we need to take action to resolve this & # 39 ;, she told DailyMail.com
& # 39; We may have reached the limit of how much we can give people statins and now we need to focus on lifestyle. & # 39;
Dr. Shay said that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented with some lifestyle factors, such as being active, eating healthily and losing extra pounds.
However, a study published by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine last month found that more than half of all women with cardiovascular disease do not exercise.
The authors of the report also noted that a recent one study found cancer treatments can later contribute to heart disease for cancer survivors.
This means that it is possible that the same population does not die from cancer, but only dies from heart disease later.
& # 39; We don't know if those people who died from heart disease also had cancer, but we do know that certain cancer treatments can cause cardiotoxicity, & said Dr. Shay.
& # 39; Especially for women such as breast cancer or other types of radiation around the breast. & # 39;
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