Heart disease and stroke deaths hitting middle age adults in large numbers

Heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and other related conditions caused more than 2 million hospitalizations in 2016, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

Heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and other related conditions caused more than 2 million hospitalizations in 2016, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. This resulted in $32.7 billion in costs and 415,000 deaths, many of which were among adults aged 35–64 years. In this age group, there were more than 775,000 hospitalizations and 75,000 deaths in 2016. CDC noted, however, that if ever state could reduce the number of these events by 6% a year, 1 million cardiac events could be prevented by 2022. The new report includes state-specific data on emergency department visits, hospitalizations and costs, and deaths from heart disease and stroke, providing states with benchmark data to help improve the health of their residents. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC, noted: "Adults can seize the day using daily opportunities to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Many of these cardiovascular events are happening to middle-aged adults—who we wouldn't normally consider to be at risk. Most of these events can be prevented through daily actions to help lower risk and better manage medical conditions." The CDC analysis is based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project databases, the National Vital Statistics System, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and the National Health Interview Survey.