Like the rest of Minnesota, heart disease is a major cause of death in New Ulm and there is ample opportunity for the community to improve its health.
The death rate from heart attacks has dropped by at least 50% over 40 years. However, the rate of heart attacks has not dropped nearly as much during that same timeframe, due to obesity and diabetes.
The result of all this is that the prevalence of heart disease is no longer falling and may soon start to rise in certain target segments – along with associated healthcare costs. Therefore, there is a strong need to restructure the manner in which healthcare is delivered so that more heart attack cases can be prevented.