Heart Beat: February 2011
The death rate from heart attack in the U.S. fell by 27.8 percent between 1997 and 2007, and the stroke mortality rate fell by 44.8 percent during the same period, according to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics–2011 report released in December 2010–2007 was the most recent year that statistics had been compiled and analyzed. The report, however, also shows that cardiovascular procedures were up 27 percent during that time. Experts suggest that while the quality of care has dramatically improved in recent years, the number of people developing heart disease and cerebrovascular complications continues to rise. The AHA announced that it would continue to focus on prevention and education efforts, including encouraging people with a family history of heart disease to learn more about their relatives’ medical histories and work with their doctors on greater preventive care.