Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
This Week's News
This Week's News
CDC: 200,000 cardiovascular disease deaths preventable each year
At least one in four of the nearly 800,000 deaths caused each year by heart disease and stroke are preventable, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than half of those deaths are among people younger than 65.
Looking at deaths from cardiovascular disease during 2010, the report found that at least 200,000 deaths could have been prevented by more effective public health measures, lifestyle changes or medical care. While cardiovascular disease death rates still were highest among adults aged 65 to 74 years, preventable deaths have declined much faster among this age group than among adults who have not yet reached 65.
The report also found that men are twice as likely as women to die from the disease, and blacks are twice as likely as whites. Locations also affected the number of deaths, with the highest rates concentrated in the Southeast.
"The bottom line here is [cardiovascular disease] is the number one cause of death," CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, said during a press briefing last week. "It's the number one cause of health inequalities, and it's really possible for us to make rapid and substantial progress reducing these preventable deaths."
The AMA intends to do just that. A key part of the AMA's Improving Health Outcomes initiative, which targets cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, is achieving measurable improvements among adults with high blood pressure.
Through partnerships with two research centers within Johns Hopkins University—the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities—the AMA will focus its initial activities around the more than 30 million adults who have a source of care but whose high blood pressure is not at goal.
These efforts will take place in concert with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Million Hearts®" initiative as the groups strive toward the common goal of bringing the high blood pressure of 10 million more Americans under control by 2017.