National Vital Statistics Reports

National Vital Statistics Reports

To mark American Heart Month, a new report (66 pages, PDF) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that age-adjusted death rates for coronary heart disease and stroke have fallen to an all-time low, with deaths decreasing 25.8 percent and 24.4 percent, respectively, since 1999. The reduction in deaths equates to approximately 160,000 lives saved in 2005. At the same time, the report found that major risk factors for heart disease remain high, with several on the rise.