A new study finds heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events among people over 50 are increasing dramatically.
The report is published online in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study was conducted in Toronto and Toronto’s East York neighbourhood.
Researchers compared the rates of heart attacks and strokes among people age 50 and older who were tracked from 2006 to 2020.
The report says cardiovascular disease has grown exponentially in the last decade.
The authors say cardiovascular disease increases by up to 14 per cent a year in the population over age 50.
The average age at death from cardiovascular disease is 82 years old.
“The rate of death from all causes has been increasing steadily over the last 30 years,” says the report.
“The rate for all causes is expected to double to about 20 per cent by 2050.”
The authors note cardiovascular disease in young people and those with pre-existing conditions is on the rise.
The new study was carried out by researchers at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health.
It’s a follow-up to a previous study conducted in the same region.
The researchers looked at more than 11,000 people who were aged 50 and over in the Toronto area between 2006 and 2020.
Researchers found the average age of death for all deaths in the area increased from 78.4 years old to 82.3 years old between 2006 to 2019.
Researchers say the increase in cardiovascular death rates is driven by an increase in people who are 65 and older, a group that is expected more than doubled to 20.
The average age in this group has increased from 76.4 to 82 years, which translates to a 10 per cent increase in death rates.
Researchers also note that younger adults, especially in Toronto, have had higher rates of hospitalizations, cardiac arrests and heart attacks in the past two decades.
They say the number of hospital admissions in Toronto is more than double the national average, which was 6 per cent in the 1980s.
The overall death rate has also increased since the 1990s, with the rate of hospitalization for cardiovascular disease rising by a whopping 80 per cent from 1990 to 2021.
Previous research found cardiovascular disease was responsible for a significant share of the deaths of more than 4 million Canadians between 2006-21.
It was estimated more than 5.7 million Canadians were dying prematurely each year.