Heart attack patients are getting older and older

In the last 17 years, the age of patients for the first Time, a heart attack, suffer has moved, an average of eight years to the rear. A new study presented by the German society for cardiology – heart and circulatory research (DGK) during the German heart days 2019 in Berlin shows. The experts attribute this to a successful drug treatment of the risk factors.

The research team around Dr. Hartmut Seyfert studied how the frequency of acute myocardial infarction developed in dependence on the age in the period from 2002 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2017. On the basis of the data of 4.347 patients, they found that attacks are occurring nowadays in the average eight years later than in the year 2002. Men suffer still significantly earlier than women with their first heart attack: most heart attacks occurred in men between the ages of 68 and 76 years in women between the 76. and the 84. Years of age.

The latest Figures from the European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics show that the daily prescribed dose of blood pressure-lowering medication in Germany between 2000 and 2013 increased from 250 to almost 600 and in the case of cholesterol, the core of from 20 to about 70 per Thousand persons per day. From this, scientists conclude that the reason for the later occurring of heart attacks was probably the result of the successful and better drug treatment of high blood pressure and high blood fats. Both of which are major risk factors for a heart attack. Nevertheless, further efforts to reduce the infarct rate were according to the researchers, is important. Especially the increasing Numbers of obese and people with Diabetes to be concerned about the study’s authors.

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