American Heart Association in a press release yesterday has revealed that in the last 10 years, the number of patients died as a result of stroke or cardiovascular related ailments has been significantly decreased.
The study was conducted based on the data collected from 34 million Fee-For-Service Medicare recipients in the year 1999 to 2011. The data was also divided in based on the gender, State residing in, age, etc.
Dr Harlan Krumholz, the lead author of the study pointed that this decrease in the death related to heart ailments happened at a time when there was no special advancements noted in the area of Cardio research.
He said, “Interestingly, these improvements happened in a period when there were no real ‘miracle’ clinical advancements.” Dr Krumholz also mentioned, “Rather, we saw consistent improvements in the use of evidence-based treatments and medications and an increase in quality improvement initiatives using registries and other data to track performance and support improvement efforts — as well as a strong emphasis on heart-healthy lifestyles and behaviors.”
The press release also suggested that better screening at the Hospitals, good diagnoses and improved health care could be credited for the good results.
The lead author also said, “Huge strides in lifestyle, quality of care and prevention strategies for cardiovascular health have seemed to have a ripple effect on saving lives.”
Definitely, the increase in awareness among the people regarding the heart ailments and their risk factors resulted in improved lifestyle which in turn benefited to the heart health sector.
Furthermore, the campaigns being run by the Government and various health organizations to avoid smoking, and the modernization of medicine, more focus on research may further bring down the heart diseases related hospitilization and death rates by the end of this decade.