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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 6, 2013

Thousands of US Deaths From Stroke and Heart Disease Are Preventable

JAMA. 2013;310(17):1787. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280221

More than 200 000 deaths from heart disease and stroke in US residents younger than 75 years could be prevented each year in the United States with improved preventive and medical care.

An analysis of data from the National Vital Statistics System during 2001 to 2010 showed that an estimated 200 070 avoidable deaths from heart disease, stroke, and hypertensive disease occurred in the United States in 2010; 56% of the deaths were among individuals younger than age 65 years. Avoidable deaths were higher among men than women as well as among black individuals compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

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