Israel’s Heart attack mortality rates drop 50%, down to 2,2%, U.S. rates stand at 16.2%

The annual report by the Israel Heart Society shows that, over 2000-2010, heart attack mortality rates dropped by 50 percent, revealed an Israel Hayom article on Wednesday. Only 2.2% of Israelis who had a heart attack in 2010 died as a result, as opposed to a rate of 5.4% in 2000.

In comparison, a USA TODAY report from 2010 stated that heart attack mortality rates for 2010 in the US averaged 16.2%.

The study, the full results of which are to be released at a conference next week in Tel Aviv, says that over 75% of heart attack victims are men and the average age of a victim is 63.5. In 2000, 26% of men who had a cardiac arrest suffered a repeat, related occurrence within the next month, while in 2010 only 10% had a repeat heart attack or stroke.

The decline in mortality is credited to expanded treatment facilities and an aggressive program of catheter angiography, a treatment that can be used to quickly determine if an artery is blocked, enabling “immediate opening of the artery while enabling optimal medical therapy on [hospital] admission,” said Dr. Amit Segev, Israel Heart Society head.

The data indicated that Israelis take an average of nearly two hours (111 minutes) to arrive at the hospital after the onset of heart attack symptoms, a long time in a situation where every minute counts. For women, that figure is even higher — more than 130 minutes on average.

“We have failed in educating the public that chest pains indicate a heart attack,” said Segev. “We are going to initiate a public campaign on the subject.”

Source: Times of Israel