The US is losing ground in the fight against heart disease: obesity drives deaths from heart attack, stroke and diabetes, study suggests
- The share of deaths caused by heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke – cardiometabolic disease – has increased since 2011
- Deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes decreased after 2010, while the number of deaths from high blood pressure increased
- Experts believe that the US is losing ground in the fight against heart disease in curing the growing obesity epidemic
The number of deaths from heart disease is still declining in the US – but those improvements have been delayed considerably, a new study shows.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US, although efforts to raise cardiovascular health awareness and encourage a healthy heart diet and exercise have contributed to reducing the proportion of Americans dying from heart disease.
Between 200 and 2014, the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease in the US fell by about a third – but the new study from Northwestern University suggests that progress against heart disease has slowed.
The researchers discovered that although fewer Americans died of heart disease in the US in 2017 than in 1999, these decreases were delayed by 8.3 percent.
They believe that the obesity epidemic that continues to hold the nation is responsible for the resurgence of the number one killer of Americans.
A new study by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that there are approximately 6,500 fewer deaths from heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke each year (file image)
& # 39; One of the greatest successes in the last century has been the dramatic fall in heart disease death rates since the 1970s & # 39 ;, said senior author Dr. Sadiya Khan, an assistant professor of cardiology and epidemiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, at DailyMail.com.
& # 39; What we really wanted to do is see if the progress we made was undone. & # 39;
For the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the team looked at deaths in the US heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke between 1999 and 2017.
Researchers discovered that the number of total deaths in those 18 years decreased from around 977,000 in 1999 to around 912.00 in 2017.
However, the promising number of declines in these deaths is there delayed since 2010.
The number of deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes decreased around 2010 and the number of deaths from high blood pressure increased between 1999 and 2017.
Cardiometabolic death rates remained higher for black men and women than white men and women.
Over the course of the study period, however, the percentages have risen from almost 1.5 to almost double.
Dr. Khan admitted that the findings were related.
& # 39; We have seen new drugs for cholesterol and new devices for heart disease treatment, so that is worrying, & # 39; she said.
Dr. Khan said the majority of these deaths are preventable and that the & # 39; offender & # 39; the cause may be emergence of obesity – a known and important risk factor for heart disease.
According to American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates among American adults have risen from 30.5 percent in 1999 to 39.6 percent in 2016.
Experts have warned that the proportion of obese adults will only grow as younger generations.
"At the individual level, we must engage in heart-healthy behavior, exercise, and maintain a healthy body mass index," Dr. said. Khan.
& # 39; And at the policy level, the infrastructure must be in place so that people in their neighborhood have safe places to practice and access to medicines. & # 39;
She added that it is crucial for people to prevent cardiometabolic diseases from occurring early in life.
& # 39; Know Your own numbers. Know your blood pressure, what is a healthy weight for you and talk to your doctor about your risk of heart disease. & # 39;
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