As the third largest and most populous city in the state, Columbus, Ohio needs to set the precedent for health trends. News of former astronaut Neil Armstrong's recent heart surgery has brought cardiac health to public attention throughout Columbus, OH and has highlighted the importance of the public participating in Ohio's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. With heart disease and stroke being and first and fourth cause of death in Columbus more medical, professionals with ACLS specialties in emergency care and treatment are needed to help address the city's health concerns.
Cardiovascular disease was responsible for 37% of Ohio deaths and stroke was the biggest cause of long term disability according to 2009 data. While heart disease has been declining at a rate of nearly 25% between 2002 and 2009, the number of heart disease mortalities is still slightly higher than the national average.
Incidences of stroke deaths are also declining and have decreased by 39% in the 1999 to 2009 period. Until 2000, Ohio had a higher stroke death rate than the rest of America, but the state is now following a similar pattern to that of the national trend. Incidentally, black Americans and men were more likely to die as a result of stroke, signaling that these groups need focused attention when it comes to developing public awareness about staying heart healthy. Medical professionals who have their ACLS cards for the area are needed to get involved in campaigns that address the needs of these groups in a culturally relevant manner, in order to try and reduce the rates even further. Ohio is a participant in the Healthy People 2020 campaign where the goal is to reduce the number of stroke mortalities to only 38.8 per 100 000.
Neil Armstrong's heart surgery shortly after he celebrated his 82nd birthday made the news in Columbus. A resident of Ohio, Armstrong controlled Apollo 11 and spent three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldridge. He last appeared publicly in Columbus speaking at Ohio State University in February this year, but has largely kept himself out of the limelight. The headlines have brought to the fore the importance of heart health and the reality that no one is exempt from the dangers of the disease, and will hopefully serve the Ohio Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program in its objectives to help raise public awareness about the dangers of stroke and heart disease.