Heart disease rates for American adults and senior citizens are increasing for the first time in 10 years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of middle-aged Americans dying from cardiovascular disease is on the rise. The CDC measured the two leading causes of death — heart disease and cancer — for adults ages 45 to 64.
Heart Disease: Alarming Statistics
Cardiovascular disease and heart attacks are on the rise.
While the rate of deaths for adults for the 45-64 age group fell 22 percent, it increased 4 percent during this period. The period measured was between 2011 and 2017.
The increase was highest among white women, whose rate of cardiovascular disease deaths increased by 12 percent from 2011 to 2017. Overall, the rate of heart deaths increased 7 percent among women of all races during that time period, and 3 percent for men.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most heart illness is obesity related.
An increase in body mass index, for example, can lead to diabetes — followed by heart disease and possible heart failure. In addition, other life-style factors such as poor diets, specifically high salt, high sugar, and excessive oil contribute to heart disease. They lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and circulatory problems. These factors are responsible for the rising rates for cardiovascular disease.
While heart illness rates are increasing, the rate of heart attacks is decreasing, according to the CDC.
This is likely due to prevention efforts by health care professionals. For example, there is better and increased use of cholesterol medications.
In addition, there is better education about heart attack signs and symptoms. This includes many more effective treatments for people who suffer heart attacks.