Cardiovascular disease trend impacting 45-64 year olds
WASHINGTON — A new report out today from the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention calls attention to a disturbing trend in the overall death rate from cardiovascular disease (CVD) impacting people ages 45-64. While the overall death rate from cardiovascular disease (CVD) has declined considerably since 2000, the decline has been slower in the 45-64 age group. In fact, the death rate from CVD actually increased 2% from 2011-2016 in people ages 45-64. In 2016 alone, more than 120,000 people in this age group died from heart disease and stroke.
The report, titled “Losing ground: Heart disease and stroke deaths hit hardest right in the middle,” from Dr. Stephen Sidney, Director of Research Clinics at Kaiser Permanente of Northern California Division of Research, is being released at the National Forum’s 16th annual meeting.
Physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes are among the underlying factors of why this middle age group is losing ground. However, progress is possible. Read the report to find out about how a program by Kaiser Permanent Northern California (KPNC) is making a difference, and overcoming key myths in how success can be replicated, and three key steps in reversing the trend.
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention leads and encourages collaborative action to prevent the number one cause of death, cardiovascular disease. More than 90 organizations from public health, health care, industry, government and academia belong to the National Forum. It is a tax-exempt, independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.