AHA Report: Heart Failure Rates Up in United States

AHA Report: Heart Failure Rates Up in United States

AHA Report: Heart Failure Rates Up in United States


Heart failure rates are rising in the United States, a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed Friday

The report also said that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from heart disease is heading down.

The number of American adults with heart failure, in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body rose by 800,000 over five years, the American Heart Association (AHA) said in the report released late Thursday.

That means 8-M people will have heart failure by then.

Key reasons for the rising number of Americans with heart failure include an aging population and a growing number of heart attack survivors, who are at increased risk for heart failure.

Cardiovascular disease includes all types of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, AHA noted in  its news release.

Heart disease and stroke are the 2 top causes of death worldwide. In the United States, heart disease is 1st and stroke is 5th, according to the AHA’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

The 1 bright bright spot in the update is that deaths from cardiovascular diseases fell more than 25% from Y 2004 to 2014.

Heart attacks strike about 790,000 people in the United States each year, and kill about 114,000. The update found similar numbers for stroke. In 2014, about 795,000 Americans had a new or repeat stroke, and 133,000 of them died.

Americans had more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (when the heart suddenly stops) and nearly 90% were fatal.

In Y 2013, cardiovascular diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming more than 17-M lives, the association said.

The AHA report also noted that cardiovascular disease disparities persist in the United States.

“We know that advances in cardiovascular health are not distributed evenly across the population,” said the Chair of the update’s writing group, said in the news release. She’s a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

The update had another bit of positive news; physical activity increased more than 7% from Y 1998 to 2015.

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