Medical News Today recently reported that the total deaths in the United States for cardiometabolic disease, which includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, have been rising since 2011, according to a study published in JAMA.

Researchers said while the overall rate of cardiometabolic disease deaths has been falling since 1999, the decline was slower after 2010. Researchers also said that racial disparities in cardiometabolic causes of death persisted and black people are still more likely to die of these diseases than white people. Considering the overall trend, the study uncovered the following differences among the conditions:

1. Rates of death due to heart disease fell during 1999–2017 but the decline was slower after 2010
2. Rates of death from stroke and diabetes declined up to 2010 but then leveled out
3. Rates of death due to high blood pressure rose during 2010–2017

“Our findings make it clear that we are losing ground in the battle against cardiovascular disease,” said senior study author Dr. Sadiya S. Khan, assistant professor of cardiology and epidemiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Read more

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