By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A groundbreaking new study holds heartening news for older Americans.
Since the mid-1990s, the number of seniors who suffered a heart attack or died from one dropped dramatically -- evidence that campaigns to prevent heart attacks and improve patient care are paying off, Yale University researchers said.
The study of more than 4 million Medicare patients found that hospitalizations for heart attacks dropped 38 percent between 1995 and 2014. At the same time, deaths within 30 days of a heart attack reached an all-time low of 12 percent, down more than one-third since 1995.
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It is likely that this dramatic drop in heart attacks is due to a combination of lifestyle changes (exercise and diet / smoking cessation) and medical management of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
-Michael C. Turner, MD, FACC