Fewer Deaths Due to Heart Attack for the Last Ten Years

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Last decade witnessed a reduction in the death rate due to heart attacks in England, as per a research paper which printed this news on 26th January 2012, in British Medical Journal. When compared with statistics of previous years. It was found that the last decade witnessed fewer deaths due to heart attacks and fewer were fatal. Many studies have been investigated previously regarding the changes in the death rate from heart attacks in various countries across the globe, but reasons for decline in death rate in England is still a mystery. Researchers from well renowned University of Oxford are currently studying and looking out for reasons and probable causes that might have led to this decrease.

It can be noted that “in 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused 26% of deaths—more than one in every four—in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were women,” says CDC.

Using mortality rate and national hospital, they observed 840,175 women and men in England. These had earlier been diagnosed with 861,134 heart attacks amid the years 2002 and 2010. They observed that the death rates due to heart attacks declined by 53% in women and 50% in men. The researchers were keen in knowing that how much decline had resulted in death rates from a decrease in the happening of heart attacks. They also observed the probability of enhanced survival after heart attack. They further put forward that half of the reduction in total deaths can be accredited to reduction in new cases of heart attacks.

This substantial fall in the rate of happening of heart attacks replicates the influence of both primary and secondary avoidance by healthy alterations in the heath of populace concerning the risk factors of cardiovascular. The progress in the fall of death rates following the hospital admission is likely to reflect principal progress in NHS care over the last recent years. The authors further contribute that the decline in the death rate was mainly due to the awareness, preventive measures and advanced treatment that the general population has adopted.  Researchers recommend that further more data is required from other nations, which will help them reach a transparent conclusion, but resources are scarce, failing which the data cannot be collected.

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