The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (12/14, Fauber) "Health & Science Today" blog reported that "deaths from cardiovascular disease dropped 28% from 1997 to 2007 and stroke death declined by 45%, according the latest statistics compiled by the American Heart Association." But, "during that same period the number of cardiovascular procedures and operations increased by 27%."
HeartWire (121/15, Nainggolan) reported, "Similar to last year's figures, a third of Americans have high blood pressure (this rises to 44% in African Americans), 15% have total-cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, almost a quarter of men and 18% of women smoke, two-thirds of the adult population is overweight and a third obese, while 20% of children aged six to 11 are obese."
Meanwhile, HealthDay (12/15, Dotinga) reported that "the cost of preventing and treating heart disease is higher than for cancer or any other diagnostic group, an estimated $286 billion in 2007, according to" the data.
Reuters (12/16) reports that Dr. Veronique Roger, who led the study, said, "We need to energize our commitment to strategies that can prevent disease in the first place." WebMD (12/15, Woznicki) reported that "the findings appear online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association."