Great lengths are taken to replace a weak heart, so it's good news when strides are made in the prevention of heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported encouraging findings this week. New mortality data shows since 1999, coronary heart disease is down by almost 26%. Stroke deaths are down by 24%. The American Heart Association's 2010 goal for reducing such deaths has been achieved.
Cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Chieu Nguyen said, " m=Mainly, we still have to control those risk factors and early detection, seek help early. Those are key factors that we can continue to lower the stroke rate and heart disease mortality. " Nguyen is preparing to set up a practice in Nacogdoches.
More lives are saved because we now know getting patients to the hospital quickly for the appropriate treatment is crucial to saving lives. Trauma/cardiovascular coordinator for Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Scott Christopher said, " The drug that we can give you for stroke to reverse the stroke we have to give it to you within in 3 hours of the onset of symptoms, so it's imperative that when those symptoms are identified that the patient call 911."
As encouraging as it is, heart disease and stroke remain the number one and number 3 causes of death in the United States. East Texans living in the Stroke Belt of the south are at higher risk. Almarie Henderson serves as chair for a CVD/Strokes Disparities Committee of the Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition. " African Americans and Hispanics are one of the leading populations, as far as heart attacks and strokes, " said Henderson.
The Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition's service toward fitness, healthy eating and fewer risks are important. ( http://www.healthynacogdoches.org/ )The victory of a declining mortality rate can be short-lived if the risk factors aren't reduced.