Harvard Heart Letter
Heart attacks: Less frequent and less deadly than 20 years ago
Research we’re watching Fewer older adults are having heart attacks, and more are surviving them, according to a study published March 15 in JAMA Network Open. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4.3 million people ages 65 and older who had suffered heart attacks over a 20-year period beginning in 1995. Back then, 20% of those included in the study died from their heart attacks. By 2014, that number had fallen to 12%.