Heart disease features as a leading cause of death in different age groups for people living in Mesa, AZ, but the prevalence increases as the population ages; a trend that is commensurate with the patterns of cardiovascular health in the rest of the nation. From the age of 20 onwards, we see significantly higher mortality rates from both stroke and heart disease, but some of the risk factors for both conditions are more prevalent in younger age groups in Mesa, Arizona. Here are some of the cardiovascular health trends to help those who are preparing for their ACLS Certification or Recertification in Mesa.
Based on data from 2010, heart disease was responsible for claiming five lives in the 15 to 19 year old age category, and while this is significantly lower than the older age groups, it does demonstrate that chronic disease can affect all ages, races, income levels and both sexes. It is also an important warning for parents and older people to look after their health and to pass good, strong genetics onto their children. Parents who have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and those who are overweight and obese, have a greater chance of passing these conditions onto their children.
From the 20 to 44 year old age group onwards, we start to see heart disease incidences increasing. 95 out of the 1499 deaths in this age group were due to heart disease, but a further 37 were caused by diabetes, and 27 were attributed directly to obesity. Even though stroke is traditionally experienced by older age groups, especially those over the age of 65, we see it featuring in the younger and mid-adult age groups, claiming 19 lives.
For those aged between 45 and 65, heart disease mortality increased to 851 lives, or just less than 18 per cent of the total number of deaths. Diabetes also saw a dramatic increase to 198 mortalities for this age group, while stroke claimed a further 125 lives for 2010.
Mortalities from heart disease increased to 1187 deaths in those over the age of 65 to become the leading cause of death in this age group. The gap between stroke and heart disease also became smaller, with 932 stroke mortalities in older residents. Diabetes saw a significant increase to 467 deaths, while hypertension also made an appearance on the leading causes of death list, claiming 278 lives in the older population.