LHI luck, CÂ«lif. Frl., JÂ»Â». M/ IÂ»'S INDEPENDENT; ! . "BV JANE E. BRODY Â·Â· -New York Times Service CORONARY DEATH RATE DROPS FOR U.S. Â·Â·low NEW YORK-New Â·f!E statistics indicate the na- Â·Â· hon .'has finally passed ~"1 thepeak of an epidemic Â·o'Loi coronary heart dis- :- ease that for decades .- ^:. has claimed -the lives of Â· rah ever-increasing * .proportion of middle" ; aged | 'American men, a Â·:Â· leading heart expert said Â· 'Thursday. Â·:Â· The new data suggest that ' y e a r s of public health efforts to change Â· American lifestyles that increase coronary risk have begun to pay off. The drop in the coronary death rate, first - noted last year in data from the 1960's, has continued through 1972, indicating that "the downtrend is real, not a statistical fluke," Dr. Jeremiah Stamler concluded after carefully analyzing the new government statistics. IN ESSENCE, the new data.mean that a man in his 40s or 50s is less likely to die of a heart at- t a c k than his counterpart of a decade ago. The 'decline in cor- noary deaths since the peak rates of the past decade means that "roughly 10,000 lives are being saved each year among persons under age 65," Stamler said. ; From 1968 to 1972, the coronary death rate for white men aged 35 to 64 dropped 8.7 per cent, with similar trends for black men and for white and black women, he reported. ' Â·"We're riot exactly home free--coronary death rates are still quite high compared to 1950-4)111 it looks as if we're beginning to control the epidemic of premature heart attacks," he added. "I'm cautiously optimistic that at long last we are over the.hump." Stamler, an internationally known cardiologist and chief of preventive medicine at - Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, presented the as-yet unpublished statistics on coronary death rates for men and women of different ages and races to the closing session of the American Heart Association's science writers' forum in Marco Island, Fla. THESE DATA only recently emerged from the computerized records of the National Center for Health Statistics, which has been chronically behind in publishing mor- -tality data. Coronary heart disease, which accounts for 80 to 90 per cent of total heart disease morality in the United States, refers specifically to heart disease caused by severe hardening, or atherosclerosis, of the arteries feeding the heart, as distinguished from such diseases as BARELY CLAD model chats with residents at the Fair Oaks nursing home in Minneapolis during stag night. _ AP wirepnoio 'Total patient care' Stag night at rest home raises spirits Â·'".;' : MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) -- Three curvy young models paraded in filmy lingerie before the male residents of the Fair Oaks Convalescent and Nursing Home. The home's social service worker, Joyce Cristen, called the stag night Wednesday part of "total pa-', tient care." She said the home frequently gets flyers ' \'saying "sex isn't dead after 60." Statuesque Paula, one of the models, wore a revealing garment she called an "evening gown." She strutted over to Frank, one of the home residents Â· who had arrived early for a front-row seat. Frank explained that he has eye problems. "You dance all right," Frank told Paula. ANOTHER RESIDENT, seated in a wheelchair, looked up from the television magazine he was reading and asked a model, "Don't you get cold?" He shook his head, a what's-the-world-coming-to shake, and returned to his magazine. The men sipped near-beer while the models changed for the dancing portion of the 40-minute show. : Rita wearing transparent white underpants and a fish-net top that wouldn't hold a trout, danced over to the man reading his magazine. He stole his second look of the night and again returned to his reading Some of the men were embarrassed and a few were nearly speechless. But after the show, Frank said he'd seen better in his 70 years. "You ought to go to Hollywood, where they really have the shows," he told other residents of the home. "This ain't spit in the bucket for my money. Hell, out there they really strip." Â· Insurance firm alters malpractice coverage WASHINGTON (APÂ» - The St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. announced Thursday that it will ston writing the present type of medical malpractice insurance policy covering 48,000 doctors in 47 slates thlS The ( Minnesola firm, third largest In the troubled ' malpractice insurance business said it will sw.tch b a now "pay as you go" policy which may cost doctors less the first year but more by !ho fifth year. rheumatic heart disease. It is usually manifested by a heart attack." Stamler attributed the apparent downturn in coronary heart disease to significant changes in the heart-attack-inducing habits of Americans and;-to a lesser extent, improved health care during recent'decades. A major factor, he said, has undoubtedly been the dramatic decline in the percentage of men who smoke cigarettes-- from a high of ,60 percent in 1955 to 40 per cent in 1970. 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