Number of Americans With Heart Disease Declining, CDC Reports

Number of Americans With Heart Disease Declining, CDC Reports

October 14, 2011

A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the percentage of Americans with coronary heart disease continues to decline, according to a CDC news release.

According to the CDC, the number of Americans who report they have been told by a health professional they have coronary heart disease declined overall from 6.7 percent to 6 percent from 2006 to 2010. The data comes from CDC′s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a phone survey conducted each year of adults aged 18 and over.

The report attributes the decline to a combination of reductions in prevalence of high risk populations for heart disease such as smokers, patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, and uncontrolled high blood cholesterol along with improvements in treatments for heart disease.

Read the entire CDC news release HERE.

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