New Data Suggests Coronary Heart Disease on the Decline

Although coronary heart disease (CHD) is still prevalent in the United States, it has less of an impact than it did 10 years ago. Research based on a new study provided by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reported the rates of CHD decreased from 10.3% in 2001 to 8% in 2011. The study included results from surveys of 21,472 adults aged 40 to 59. The event monitor professionals at ReactDx give you the facts from the survey so you can share the findings with your patients.

  • Along with the decrease of CHD for adults aged 40-59, those aged 60+ indicated a drop of CHD from 19.5% to 14.9% for the same time period.
  • Breaking down the study into genders, women noted a decrease from 8.5% in 2001 to 6.2% for 2011.
  • For division among races, caucasians, and black adults both showed less likelihood to suffer from CHD; Mexican-American adults showed no change in CHD amounts.
  • Overall, Americans are smoking less today than they were a decade ago.
  • High blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, obesity, and diabetes all increased. While these factors are directly tied to diet, the ability for patients to control glucose level improved, proving patients are more aware of managing their health problems once they exist.

The statistics of this study seem promising. Lead investigator Sung Sug (Sarah) Yoon, PhD, RN, who was affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics at the time the study was conducted, points to prevention efforts as well as better management of risk factors on the part of physicians and patients as the reason the numbers have improved. Dietary changes, fewer smoking-related diseases, greater prevalence of physical activity, and a daily aspirin regimen are all factors. For patients who are suffering from CHD, an event monitor from ReactDx may interpret specific episodes of heart arrhythmias and give a more complete picture of the patient’s overall heart health.

Contact ReactDx today at 800-23-HEART (800-234-3278) to speak with a trained associate, and read our past blogs for the latest news on cardiac health.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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