Deaths from heart disease, failure on the rise again

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After more than a half century of decline, deaths from heart disease and heart failure are on the rise again.

In a new study published in the Cardiology journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found the number of heart disease related deaths went up by 8.5% from the start of 2011 to the end of 2017. In the same time period, the number of deaths from heart failure increased by 38%.

Heart failure is a common, chronic complication of heart disease that occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood. The rise is due in part to obesity and diabetes, and the rapidly aging population, which is most at risk for heart disease. 80% of those heart disease deaths were among people 65 and older.

Researchers say by 2030 the population will have a projected 44% increase in adults over 65, and the focus now needs to be on prevention and treatment to slow heart-related death rates.

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