When it comes to heart attacks, many people hope they never encounter one in their life. Unfortunately, this disease hits over one million people in the United States every year. Some people have the misfortune of having more than one per year. One new study, however, shows this is diminishing.
Taking The Plunge
The George Institute for Global Health lecturer Sanne A. E. Peters, Ph.D. ran a study surrounding repeat heart attacks. With data from 2008 through 2017, Peters determined having multiple heart attacks in a year has dropped. For individuals ages 66 and over, the overall death rate from heart attacks dropped from 436.1 to 417.9 in men and 403.2 to 389.5 in women.
A Major Discovery
One major factor behind heart attacks dropping involves gender. Data from 770,000 women and 700,000 men were used in this study. Women saw a sharper decline than men, which was an eye-opening discovery for Peters and his team. “We expected to see a decline in the rate of events, however, we did not expect the rates to differ between the sexes. It may be that the improvements in men were achieved before our study period, leaving less room for improvement in the most recent decade. It could also be that the attention paid to heart disease in women over recent years has resulted in the greater gains,” Peters said in a statement.
Taking Better Steps
Despite this news, people are still getting heart attacks at an alarming rate. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent a heart attack from taking place. Getting more sleep, quitting smoking, and lowering cholesterol can lead to a healthier life. “Patients should speak with their doctors to ensure that they get the right treatments to prevent secondary events and must make sure that they adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Peters said.