New study shows heart disease fatalities dropping

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Updated: 8/18 9:57 pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Yale researchers say the number of people admitted to the hospital and dying from heart disease is dropping.

According to a recent study, hospitalization rates dropped by about one-third for both heart failure and strokes from 1999 through 2011. Also, the risk of dying within a year of going to the hospital for a heart attack dropped by nearly a quarter.

The findings are based on data from 34 million Medicare patients. Experts say lifestyle improvements and usage of medications are factors.
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