‘Jaw-Dropping’ Drop in Hospitalizations, Deaths From Heart Disease

‘Jaw-Dropping’ Drop in Hospitalizations, Deaths From Heart Disease

A new study of 34 million Medicare patients has found what one prominent heart researcher calls “jaw-dropping” reductions in hospitalizations and deaths from heart attacks and strokes over the past decade.

According to the findings published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the number of patients age 65-plus who were hospitalized with heart attacks dropped nearly 40 percent from 1999 to 2011, while those hospitalized with strokes caused by blood clots  fell by 34 percent.

In addition, hospitalization for unstable angina — sudden chest pain that often leads to a heart attack — fell by 84 percent, while the number hospitalized for heart failure (a heart too weak to pump properly) dropped 31 percent.

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