Heart disease rates on the decline

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Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in Israel and after years of dedication, studies show that heart disease rates are on the decline. While heart disease numbers are high, Israel is one of the only countries in the world on the verge of drastically reducing death from heart disease. According to a 2017 study by the European Heart Journal, mortality rates have decreased more than 50% since 1998.

Thanks to medical advancements, technologies and large amounts of cardiac care and consideration from medical professionals, each has contributed to the steep decline in mortality rates. On a gender level, women’s rates have declined more steadily while men’s rates have increased slightly.

Other reasons for the decline include societal campaigns to decrease smoking, to raise awareness about the causes of diabetes and obesity, and to create a more comprehensive process to prevent repetitive medical conditions, which are common in heart attack patients. Perhaps those in Israel can also be grateful for the medical professionals who want to continue to make advancements and improve the quality of life, and The Israel Heart Society and the Ministry of Health who support the need.


Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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