First-time heart attacks are getting milder and fewer Americans are dying because of it.
Researchers from Columbia University in New York City looked at
electrocardiograms and other heart attack tests to assess the severity of first heart attacks among more than 10,000 patients.
Over the last 15 years, heart attack severity dropped significantly.
Researchers say people appear to be doing a better job managing their heart attack risk factors, such as cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Researchers also attribute the decrease in heart attack severity to
Improvements in hospital care and management.
Adding to the good news, the results appear to hold overall for men, women and African-Americans.