Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of people in New York State and the rest of the country, and affects men and women equally. It was responsible for the deaths of nearly 59 000 people in the state during 2007, and in order to combat its devastating effects more qualified medical professionals with their ACLS recertification in New York are needed to fight the problem. During that same time interval, stroke accounted for a further 4 per cent of local deaths.
Not only is cardiovascular disease claiming lives, but it is also costing the state exorbitant amounts of money. In 2008 the cost of treating cardiovascular disease among New York State locals amounted to $32.6-billion, when taking death, illness and lost productivity into account. For medical professionals with their ACLS certification for New York, a lot of work needs to be done in terms of educating patients about heart health and being available to administer the necessary emergency medical treatment.
More positive news is that CVD mortality rates have been decreasing from 1980, from 588.9 deaths per 100 000 to 267.5 per 100 000 in 2007. Despite the improvement, however, it is still the leading cause of death among men and women and across all races and the rate of mortality is still higher than the average for the rest of the United States.
One major improvement that has been seen is mortalities from myocardial infarction, which reduced from 175 per 100 000 in 1980 to only 39 by 2007. This is compared to the US averages of 156 in 1980 and 39 in 2007.
CVD accounted for more than 40 per cent of New York State deaths in 2008, a figure that was greater than the combination of deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease, cancer, pneumonia and accidents. For those working in emergency and urgent care environments and those who need their ACLS recertification for the state, this is an important consideration to take into account.
In 2008 premature mortality from cardiovascular disease (death between the ages of 35 and 74) was more prevalent among blacks than whites, but more women died from it than men during that period. This figure has been explained in part, by the fact that there were more women alive in the older age groups during this time.
People needing their ACLS renewal can obtain updated cards by completing an online ACLS course or by attending ACLS classes. Classes are currently on offer in New York, Brooklyn, Niagara Falls, Hudson, Staten Island and Richmond Hill.