Prevention could reduce heart deaths
About one in four U.S. deaths from heart disease could be avoided with better prevention efforts and treatment, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the report, as many as 200,000 Americans might have been spared an early death in 2010 from a heart attack or stroke, if they had received screening and treatment for preventable causes of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking, the report found.
Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States, accounting for nearly 800,000 deaths a year - about 30 percent of all U.S. deaths.
The report looked at preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke, defined as those that occurred in people under age 75, that could have been prevented by more effective public health measures, lifestyle changes or medical care.
CDC officials said that the 2014 launch of key elements of the U.S. healthcare law signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 could help reduce avoidable deaths. The law is intended to provide better access to treatment for millions of uninsured Americans and routine coverage for preventive screenings.