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Heart Failure Rates in the US Continue to Rise

Update Date: Jan 28, 2017 09:30 AM EST

Latest reports from the American Heart Association reveals that the rates of heart failure in the U.S. are going up whilst heart disease remains to be the leading cause of mortality in the country.

Death rates associated with heart diseases are already starting to decrease in numbers. Yet, the ailment remains to be the No. 1 cause of death in the United States as reported by CBS News. The number of American adults who suffers from the disease rose by 800,000 in a course of 5 years in a report released by the American Heart Association last Thursday, Jan. 26.

The numbers are expected to rise by 46% by the year 2030, equivalent to 8 million people. In 2014 alone, nearly 808,000 Americans died from cardiovascular diseases. The aging population and the growing number of heart attack survivors are the reasons for the predicted increase in the percentage who are at risk for heart failure. Heart-related ailments included in the research are high blood pressure and stroke.

Meanwhile, US News reveals that one-third of the adult population in the U.S. has heart-related ailments. Even though there is a 25% decrease in the number of individuals dying from a cardiovascular disease, the number of people acquiring the disease is still increasing.

Every year, 790,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack and around 114,000 succumbs to the disease. The U.S. also recorded 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and 90 percent of these number were all fatal.

One of the possible reasons associated with this increase is that cardiovascular health is not equally distributed across the United States. Rural communities, for example, have less education, lower incomes and are mostly racial or ethnic minorities who have no access to advance facilities and better professionals to address their cardiovascular diseases.

Heart disease and stroke remain to be two of the top cause of death globally. The United States has the most number of mortalities due to heart diseases and lands on the fifth place for stroke associated deaths.

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