New study reveals startling trend in mortality rates from heart disease and stroke
After more than a decade of steady improvements, the decline in mortality rates from heart disease and stroke has slowed nationally and nearly leveled out since 2011, according to a new analysis from Kaiser Permanente published in JAMA Cardiology. Between 2000 and 2011, researchers found the national heart-related mortality rate declined at an average of 3.7 percent per year, while stroke mortality declined at 4.5 percent per year. During this time, total cardiovascular mortality, including from heart disease and stroke, declined an average of 3.8 percent annually. Since 2011, however, the decline in these rates has slowed to less than 1 percent per year.
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