Decrease In Heart Disease Deaths Seem To Result From Healthy Heart Campaigns
The number of
heart disease deaths in American women is decreasing, according to The
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National
Institutes of Health. Data shows that the number of women who die from
heart disease has shifted from 1 in 3 women to 1 in 4 — a
decrease of nearly 17,000 deaths from 2003 to 2004.
"To see such
a significant reduction in deaths underscores that the efforts of many
individuals and organizations to raise awareness, improve treatment and
access and inspire women to take action are truly saving lives," said
Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of NHLBI.
analyzed preliminary data for 2004, the most recent year for which data
are available. The analysis showed that the last few years in
particular have seen a steady decline in the number of heart disease
deaths in women—deaths have gone down in each of the five years
from 2000 to 2004, a consecutive yearly decline which has not occurred
before. Furthermore, in 2004, life expectancy at birth reached an
all-time high for women: 80.4 years. "The steady decline in heart
disease mortality has certainly contributed to this trend," Nabel said.
significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women
that heart disease is their leading killer — up from 34 percent
in 2000 to 55 percent in 2005.
confident that recent advancements in the women and heart disease
movement have helped to propel this change," Nabel said. "More women
are aware that heart disease is their leading killer, and research
shows that this heightened awareness is leading them to take action to
reduce their risk. They are more likely to step up their physical
activity, eat healthier and lose weight."
number of heart disease deaths are decreasing, heart disease still
continues to be the leading killer of women, Nabel said. Many women
still do not take heart disease seriously or personally, and millions
have one or more of the risk factors which can dramatically increase
their risk of developing thecondition. And, heart disease remains more
serious among women of color, according to the NHLBI.
For more information on The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov.