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What Are the Leading Causes of Death in the U.S.?

By Marius Butas, 9:00 am on

The modern American lifestyle consists of fast food, sedentary jobs and inordinate amounts of stress, which is directly linked to the nation’s leading cause of death. Heart disease claims well over 600,000 lives each year, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this pattern isn’t expected to decline in the near future. 

Coronary heart disease alone is blamed for more than 300,000 deaths per year. The CDC has thoroughly studied mortality in the country for decades. This well-established organization confirms that heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women each year. In fact, about one quarter of all deaths in the nation is attributed to heart disease. Hispanics, whites and blacks are roughly at the same risk level of succumbing to fatal cardiovascular complications. 

To the surprise of many Americans, age is only a minor factor in heart disease. Individuals who are prone to this problem often suffer from stroke and require post-stroke care in Mesa before reaching retirement age. Being overweight significantly increases the risk of a stroke and other cardiovascular issues with fatal consequences. 

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent the leading cause of death in the U.S., the second leading killer in the nation is much more difficult to prevent and treat. Cancer takes more than half a million American lives each year. Regardless of gender or ethnicity, lung cancer leads to more deaths than any other type of cancer. This respiratory problem is directly linked to the prolonged use of tobacco products and exposure to other harmful airborne toxins. For women, breast cancer takes the second spot for being the most deadly cancer type. For men who don’t have a history of heavy smoking, prostate cancer is a major concern. Approximately 15 percent of American men will likely be diagnosed with some form of prostate cancer.

You can reduce the risk of these and other causes of death for your loved one with a little help from Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible senior home care in Mesa that encourages seniors to adopt healthy lifestyle choices such as nutritious diet, physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, and more. Call us today at (480) 699-4899 to let us customize a care plan for your senior loved one.