Top 5 Causes of Death

FlowersRobert Preidt wrote an article revealing the top 5 causes of death.  HealthDay News has reported that heart disease tops the list of what is most likely to kill you or someone you love.  Data was released from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention naming the five leading causes of death among Americans under the age of 80 for 2014.  Cancer was the most likely cause of death following heart disease. Others on the list were stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, and accidents.

These five diseases or conditions account for nearly 2/3rds of the deaths in the U.S.  The sad fact is that many of these deaths were preventable. Thirty percent of heart disease deaths, 15 percent of cancer deaths, 29 percent of stroke deaths, 36 percent of chronic lower respiratory disease deaths and 43 percent of accident deaths were preventable, according to the CDC researchers.

There is some good news, though.  There were declines in three of those five leading causes of preventable deaths between 2010 and 2014.  The declines included a 25% drop in cancer deaths, 12% decrease in the age-adjusted death rate from lung cancer, an 11% decrease in stroke related deaths and a 4% decline in preventable heart disease deaths.

Preventable deaths from unintentional injuries did rise by 23% during this time period and chronic lower respiratory disease rose 1%.  The CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release that fewer Americans are dying young from preventable causes of death.

One of the tragic deaths is from overdose and is increasing because of the opioid epidemic. There are still large differences between states in all preventable causes of death that indicates many more lives can be saved through the use of prevention and treatment that is available today.  It is suggested that health care providers help prevent premature deaths by providing patients with counseling on quitting smoking, protecting against heart disease and stroke, and avoiding accidental injuries.

Dr Fredda Branyon