Health officials say they’re seeing more and more cases of heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions that can be prevented and treated at home, but they say it’s hard to tell what’s causing it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 11 million people have heart disease in the United States.
About 2 million of those are women and 1.4 million are men.
The latest CDC data show that there were 5.1 million heart attacks and 3.4 billion hospitalizations in 2016, according to a new study from researchers at Boston University.
Researchers compared data from nearly 4,000 hospitals, including those in the Boston area, to data from Medicare and Medicaid, to find out how often people in the U.S. had heart attacks or strokes, how often they were treated and whether they were on a waiting list.
They found that almost half of people with heart disease are on a wait list for a new heart attack, and that most people who had a heart attack in the previous year had to wait more than a year to be treated.
And they found that nearly half of those people were on waiting lists for a stroke, and about 25 percent were on long-term care.
The CDC recommends that people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, that affect blood sugar, are screened for heart disease.
If a heart condition is diagnosed, they should get regular checkups and follow the steps in their treatment plan.
And the CDC says people with asthma should be screened for a co-existing condition such as asthma and asthma medication, and they should be monitored for a history of heart problems.
But they also say they are not always sure what is causing the problem.