CDC: 200K Americans Die Needlessly Each Year
From heart disease and strokes, finds new study
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2013 4:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – Quitting smoking, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels down, and popping the odd aspirin could stop hundreds of thousands of Americans from dying unnecessarily every year. That's according to a new report by the CDC, which says 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths each year are preventable, the LA Times reports. "These findings are really striking. We're talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths that don't have to happen," says the CDC's director. "It's possible for us to make rapid and substantial progress in reducing these deaths."

The good news from the report is that the number of these preventable deaths decreased by 29% between 2001 and 2010. The bad news is that was mostly for people aged 65-74—the percentage remains virtually unchanged for people under 65, who accounted for more than half of these deaths last year. Men were twice as likely to die of these causes as women, blacks almost twice as likely as whites, and victims are disproportionately likely to live in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Oklahoma (the CDC has an informative but depressing map on this).

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Sep 6, 2013 1:57 AM CDT
Portion size and FUN exercises (sports) are part of the solution for a healthy life, but to combat arterial buildup of plaque from cholesterol in your blood stream where it can restrict fluid flow of blood supply, I make use of "The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure" by Robert E. Kowalski an Amazon $10 book wherein the author states in his introduction, "My dad and both brothers died of heart attacks, when I began to suffer mild heart attacks I took steps to save my own life, SO CAN YOU."
Sep 5, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
What a ridiculous headline
Sep 5, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
Do all of those above. Then get poisoned by Monsanto's GMO foods you cant escape, the Frackers poisoning the air and drinking water, or getting kidnapped by a prisoner thats released, or killed in a car accident from someone texting or.....everyones gona die from something-it just what that something is . Genetics play a big part also. I know a 76 year old man who was still hiking up to see the Dali Lama, whitewater rafting and running 5 miles a day. The healthiest person I knew, with great health care coverage. He felt weird before heading to Germany and was rushed to get stints in his arteries. Genetic cause- his dad and other family members died in their 60's from heart attacks. He is not allowed to go over 3000 ft. above sea level now on mountains. *shrug*