Hospitalizations and deaths from cardiac or stroke events are down significantly.
Yale researchers mining Medicare data discovered encouraging national trends in cardiovascular disease. After examining records of 34 million Americans, 65 or older, from 1999-2011, they found reductions in hospitalizations for heart attack (38%), heart failure (30.5%) and ischemic stroke (33.6%). Risk of death one year after hospitalization dropped 23% for heart attack and 13% for heart failure and stroke. Many factors are involved in these improvements.
PositiveTip: Control the factors you can such as avoid smoking, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
New research associates high sugar intake with heart disease
Processed sugars are associated with (but don’t necessarily cause) increased rates of heart disease. New research on 12,000 people over 15 years found that there was a 29% increased risk of death by cardiovascular disease for people who drank at least seven servings of sugar-sweetened beverages per week compared to those who drank no more than one serving per week. Excess sugar can contribute to obesity and other determinants of cardiovascular disease.
PositiveTip: Minimize your intake of soda pop, sugar-sweetened teas, energy drinks and fruit juices.
Obese children show symptoms of heart disease typically seen in older adults. Canadian pediatrician Kevin Harris tested 63 obese children, an average of 13 years old. They had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 33 and were at least 50 pounds overweight.