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One-Fourth of Heart Disease Deaths Are Preventable

Magazine article Drug Topics

One-Fourth of Heart Disease Deaths Are Preventable

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At least one-fourth of the 800,000 deaths annually attributed to cardiovascular disease could be prevented if people stopped anoking, reduced salt intake, and adopted other healthy habits, according to a report produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, the CDC report said that lifestyle changes could prevent approximately 200,000 of those deaths.

According to the report, men are twice as likely as women to suffer preventable heart disease deaths, and blacks suffer such deaths at twice the rate of whites. The highest rate of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths is in the South.

"Despite progress against heart disease and stroke, hundreds of thousands of Americans die each year from these preventable causes of death," CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden said. "Many of the heart attacks and strokes that will kill people in the coming year could be prevented by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, and stopping smoking. …

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