Rate of Hospitalization for Coronary Heart Disease 2000 - 2010
The figure above shows the rate of hospitalization for coronary heart disease, by
age group, in the United States during 2000-2010.
Coronary Heart Disease Hospitalization Drops by 50 Percent for Senior Citizens
Elderly 75 to 84 did not do as well in the 2000 to 2010 period with 42% decline; other studies show heart disease, stroke
June 21, 2012 - Perhaps Medicare and the free preventive care programs put in place by Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
are having a significant impact in the reduction of serious coronary heart disease among senior citizens. The rate of hospitalization of this
disease among seniors age 65 to 75 declined by 50% from 2000 to 2010.
Heart attack patients treated faster at PCI hospitals, pharmacists on telemonitors help control blood pressure, physically
fit in mid-life saves money in aging, stroke patients on blood thinner warfarin can be treated with clot-busting tPA, Romney health plan made
no big difference in heart attack readmissions - May 10, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 2000 to 2010, the rate of hospitalization for coronary
heart disease declined by 43% for the total population.
Rates declined by
● 42% for the youngest, those under 65 years,
● 50% for those aged 6574 years,
● 46% for those aged 7584 years and
● 42% for the oldest, those aged 85 and older.
The report notes that throughout the period, the rate of hospitalization for the under 65 year old age group was
significantly lower than the rate for any other age group.
Other studies show heart disease declining
Deaths from all causes in the U.S. declined by 23 percent, and deaths related to heart disease and stroke dropped by 40
percent, according to the study published last month in the journal Diabetes Care Scientists that evaluated 1997-2004 National Health
Interview Survey data from nearly 250,000 adults who were linked to the National Death Index.
Other studies have found that rates of heart disease and stroke are declining for all U.S. adults, according to
researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Million Hearts by CDC & CMM making a difference
Last year CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched Million Hearts, an initiative to prevent 1
million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.
The initiative focuses on two main goals: empowering Americans to make healthy choices and improving care for people,
focusing on aspirin for people at risk, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation.
More than 2 million heart attacks and strokes occur every year, and treatment for these conditions and other vascular
diseases account for about 1 of every 6 health care dollars. Up to 20 percent of deaths from heart attack and 13 percent of deaths from stroke
are attributable to diabetes or prediabetes. For more information on Million Hearts, visit
"Taking care of your heart through healthy lifestyle choices is making a difference, but Americans continue to die from a
disease that can be prevented," said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation. "Although the
cardiovascular disease death rate for people with diabetes has dropped, it is still twice as high as for adults without diabetes."
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