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Heart attacks are less deadly than they've ever been in the US, a new report reveals.
And the number of Americans hospitalized for a heart attack has fallen by nearly 40 percent in the last 20 years, according to the analysis by Yale University scientists.
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Heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women of all races in the US, but these historic declines are cause for celebration for public health officials.
This is particularly so because declining heart attack rates and rising survival rates come as a result of record-low smoking rates, healthier lifestyles among some populations and doctors' uniform adoption of statin and aspirin prescribing, an expert says.
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Heart disease kills more people worldwide than any other infection, disease, accident or happenstance of genetics.
But it has been particularly devastating to the American population, where high-fat Western diets, high rates of smoking and sedentary lifestyles have left our heart health in a dismal state.
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It's been an uphill battle for health officials and clinicians, but the tide may at last be turning, the new study published today in JAMA Network Open suggests.
Since the mid-1990s, hospital admissions for heart attacks for people over 65 have fallen by 38 percent in the US, according to the new analysis of Medicare patient data.
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And less than a third as many of those patients die of heart attacks, bringing the mortality rate down to an all-time low of 12 percent.
It's not so much that we've made medical breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of heart attacks, says lead study author and Yale cardiologist, Dr Harlan Krumholz, as it is how doctors and patients use what we already know works.
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'What's really remarkable is that by the mid-1990s, we had many of the powerful treatments and strategies we needed...
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