Bypass surgery is amazing. Gave my Dad an extra 24 years although he eventually died of heart disease, bypass bought him time, not a cure, and he still became a statistic in the graph line.
The graph line only shows medical milestones. There were also other lifestyle factors that may have come into play.
The smoking graph depicts the rise and fall of cigarette smoking. It corresponds very well with death rate graph from heart disease. I think most people universally consider smoking a major risk factor. Just after 1968 America started stopping smoking.
The 50's and 60's were also the heavy smog years. So it wasn't just cigarettes contributing to the dirty air. After 1970 America started cleaning up its air. Raw auto exhaust and industry emissions slowly declined in perfect harmony with declining death rates from heart disease.
There is no question medical intervention improved, but something very interesting was happening. The incidence of heart disease was declining. Fewer people were getting heart disease to begin with.
The decline of heart disease prior to statins clearly demonstrates something else was responsible for the decline.
The introduction of statins had no visible impact on the graph line.
None of us know what would have happened to the graph line had one or more of the improvement factors not occurred, so nobody can know for sure.
But one thing is certain. We were doing very good in the battle against heart disease before statins were invented. Statins made no change in the trend line.View Thread