Israeli death rate from heart disease drops 50 percent since 1998

Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The death rate from heart disease in Israel has dropped by 50 percent since 1998, a new study published in the European Heart Journal revealed.

“Between 1998 and 2012, the mortality from cardiovascular disease in Israel has fallen from 162 to 80 per 100,000 residents,” wrote Dr. Mervyn Gotsman and his son, Dr. Israel Gotsman, from the Heart Institute at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

“The number-one killer is being contained,” stated the study, due to several factors including preventative measures introduced and taught by the Israel Heart Society; educational programs and campaigns against smoking, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; and lifestyle modification.

The study’s authors acknowledged that there are still “unsolved and unmet needs” such as improving “procedures for mitral insufficiency to control the new epidemic of heart failure.”

“Cardiovascular advances and developments are like peeling an onion. As one layer is removed, a new one appears and requires careful evaluation, management, and implementation,” they wrote.

Posted on March 8, 2016 .