In 2016, in the United States, most recent reports show that heart related diseases and conditions remain the leading cause of death. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention made their newest data public. The CDC also reported some progress compared to the previous years and urged licensed health officials to continue their efforts.
Heart and Cardiovascular Disease in the U.S. Today
Diseases of the heart are accounting for 23.4 percent of all deaths. In the previous year, the ratio had been 23.5 percent. While the statistical results may not be displaying that much of an improvement, a 0.1 percent still means that approximately 32,300 fewer people have died from heart disease.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported that cancer remains the second greatest cause of death (22.5 percent of all deaths) in the United States of America in both previous and current years. The newly released data additionally revealed that the leading ten causes of death in the United States have remained the same and kept the same order in the past three years.
The data did reveal that death rates, adjusted for age, reached record low values, dropping by one percent.
The collected research data shows that the United States are on the right track when it comes to tackling its health issues. However, medical specialists and analysts are still concerned about the still present heart disease situation.
What Is the Main Suspect?
At the turn of the century, medical specialists had estimated that cancer would be the leading cause of death in the United States, with similar but lower numbers than present today. Heart disease mortality was in decline while the mortality rate of cancer kept the same levels.
Close to 2011, the data revealed that the declining mortality rate for cardiovascular disease was quickly decelerating. This fact means that heart disease was beginning to take more lives every year.
The American Heart Association believes that the main cause of this increasing trend of cardiovascular deaths after 2010 is related to data which was first presented three decades prior.
In 1985, the first increasing rates of obesity and diabetes were being noticed in the United States. Ever since then, the health risks presented by morbid obesity and diabetes have been snowballing. Analysts originally predicted a similar spike increase in heart disease mortality rate for the 2010s, although they did not expect the issue to escalate to such an amplitude.
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