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The Big Number: Fatal heart attacks at ‘historic low’ of 12 percent
The Washington Post

Although heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, chances of dying of a heart attack are now at a “historic low” of 12 percent. That’s down by more than a third since 1995, according to a new Yale study that analyzed two decades of data on about 4.4 million Medicare patients hospitalized with heart attacks, including deaths within 30 days of heart attacks. The study also reports that “an increasingly smaller number of people” are having heart attacks — hospitalizations for a heart attack have declined by 38 percent since the mid-1990s. Hospital readmissions and repeat heart attacks also are occurring less often, the study researchers found.