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Heart Disease & Stroke Decline

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When Larry Kleinman found himself getting out of breath last year… he was surprised to hear he had heart disease.

"I had a number of blockages including a near total blockage of my right coronary artery." 
 
The 55-year-old made his heart a priority.

"I went on cholesterol lowering meds, I got my sleep apnea treated."

New research suggests more patients are doing the same. A study published in the journal Circulation shows hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last ten years. Researchers looked at data on 34 million people and found hospitalization rates fell 38% for heart attack and 34% for stroke.

"We can attribute a lot of these benefits to the implementation of preventive care. Care that is directed at lifestyle, diet and exercise, the use of statins for cholesterol lowering therapy, the use of blood pressure medications," says Dr. Robert Rosenson, the Mount Sinai Hospital.
 
Experts say there is still more work to do. Heart disease and stroke combined are still the leading cause of death in the U.S.

"We are losing ground because the younger generation is more sedentary. As a society we need to take charge."

Larry hopes his lifestyle changes will pay off. 

"I try to eat only vegetarian or fish 4.5 days a week."

He's also getting more exercise and has dropped 12 pounds.
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