HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
National Study Suggests Heart Attack Severity May Be Declining

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The severity of heart attacks in the United States is apparently declining, a Wake Forest University School of Medicine researcher told the American Heart Association today. Possible reasons for the decline include increased preventive measures and better treatment for heart attacks.

David C. Goff Jr., M.D., Ph.D., said results from previous analyses of the long-running Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study show that both in-hospital and out-of-hospital coronary heart disease mortality decreased between 1987 and 1994, paralleling national and international statistics.

Goff, associate professor of public health sciences (epidemiology) focused his analysis on whether severity of heart attacks was declining.

He told the Heart Association's Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Orlando that analysis of a number of heart attack indicators supports the contention that the average size of the infarct -- the area of heart muscle damaged by the heart attack -- decreased over the study period. The smaller the affected area, the smaller the resulting disability.

"These changes may be due to preventive efforts or to improvements in acute treatments," he said. "Primary prevention efforts, like blood pressure and cholesterol control, may have led to lower severity of heart attacks when heart attacks occur."

The widely reported ARIC cohort study involves about 16,000 randomly selected participants in Forsyth County, N.C., Jackson, Miss., Hagerstown, Md. and suburban Minneapolis, Minn. But a second community surveillance component of ARIC involves complete recording of all heart attacks and coronary heart disease mortality in each ARIC community.

Goff studied records of patients between ages 35 and 74 in the ARIC communities who had definite or probable heart attacks between Jan. 1, 1987, and Dec. 31, 1994. Of the 8,807 cases, he focused on 4
'"/>

Contact: Robert Conn, Mark Wright or Jim Steele
rconn@wfubmc.edu
336-716-4587
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
24-Mar-1999


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. National Academies advisory: May 2 Symposium on International Science Policy
2. National Academies News: William H. Foege to receive Public Welfare Medal, Academys highest honor
3. National Academies news: Academy honors 17 for major contributions to science
4. National Academies advisory: Report assesses health implications of perchlorate exposure
5. National Academies Advisory: Jan. 11 public briefing on perchlorate in drinking water
6. National Academies news: Gulf War and Health
7. National survey shows few physicians elected to Congress
8. Six new Roybal Centers for Applied Gerontology established by National Institute on Aging
9. UGA professor receives $3 million grant from National Cancer Institute for breast cancer research
10. National Academies advisory: Nov. 4-6 Frontiers of Science meeting in Irvine, Calif.
11. National Chemistry Week celebrates health and wellness in Washington, D.C., area

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Since the registration of the ... Act in the US, Nocimed has been marketing its unique technology to healthcare ... existing MRI equipment to perform MR spectroscopy, NociScan detects the presence of chemical ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... and Dental Implants welcome patients with missing teeth in Chattanooga, TN for customized ... by a periodontist in as little as one day, providing a permanent tooth ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... , ... September 17, 2019 , ... Lubin Austermuehle, ... fundraiser. Gather for GRIN2B will be held at Found Kitchen and Social ... Proceeds will help fund research on GRIN2B-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder, a rare condition that results ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... , ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... group BPAN Warriors , with the goal of providing resources to assist ... Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration (BPAN), a progressive disease causing abnormal iron deposits in the brain. ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... October 18 "Pacifica Experience" Open House day on Pacifica's Lambert Campus, 249 ... programs in Depth Psychology, the Humanities, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Mythological ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Today, in partnership with ... contraception and consent with student and faculty from The City University of New ... Francisco Ramirez, MPH; Elise Schuster, MPH; Raffaele M. Bernardo, DO, FACP, AAHIVS and ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Embr Labs , the ... Series B funding led by DigiTx Partners, with participation from Safar Partners, ... use the investment to grow the company’s footprint in wellness and digital therapeutics, accelerate ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD will join the ... Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine for physicians and other health care professionals. Entitled ... 22-26, 2019 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts, is accredited by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: