HealthDay (12/13, Gordon) reports that a new report from the American Heart Association that warns "cardiovascular disease -- including heart disease and stroke -- still causes the death of one American every 40 seconds. The report," published in the journal Circulation, "emphasizes that two big factors stand in the way of improving US heart health: poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity." Although the AHA "previously set a goal of reducing heart disease and stroke deaths by 20 percent by 2020," if the current trends continue, America's heart health "may only improve by six percent by 2020, according to the report."
Heartwire (12/13, O'Riordan) notes that AHA report estimates that the "total direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular disease and stroke are more than $310 billion in the US. Although the relative rate of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease declined from 1999 to 2009, cardiovascular disease still accounts for one in every three US deaths."
Fainting May Be First Sign Of Heart Trouble. HealthDay (12/13, Gray) reports that according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, first-time fainters "were 74 percent more likely to eventually be admitted to the hospital for heart attack or stroke and five times more likely to need a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator at some point in the future." The study "suggests that fainting in seemingly healthy people may be a first symptom of a more severe underlying cardiovascular disease, the researchers found."