Cdc: 200,000 Yearly Heart, Stroke Deaths Could Be Prevented

Americans hear frequently that a healthy lifestyle could stave off some of the most deadly diseases facing adults, particularly heart disease and strokes.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [1]backs up that advice with a number: At least 200,000 deaths each year from cardiovascular disease could be prevented. More than half of those deaths involve people under the age of 65.

“These findings are really striking,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters Tuesday. “We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths that happen, that don’t have to happen.”

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., taking up to 800,000 lives each year. That’s 30 percent of all deaths in the country.

The CDC’s report found that about 80 percent of deaths from coronary artery disease — a name for heart disease caused by narrowing of the arteries which leads to reduced blood flow to the heart — can be attributed to preventable factors like obesity, poor physical activity, heavy drinking, eating unhealthy foods and not keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

These lifestyle changes could also prevent about 50 percent of stroke deaths, the report’s authors added.

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For the report, the CDC analyzed data on U.S. deaths collected from 2001 to 2010, in order to determine which deaths could have been avoided either through preventive lifestyle modification or treatment for those individuals at higher risk. They also looked for trends to see which groups fared worse.

They found about six in ten of the preventable heart deaths occurred in people younger than 65 years old. Black Americans were about two times more likely to die from avoidable heart disease or stroke compared to white Americans of the same ages.

The state with the fewest avoidable deaths was Minnesota, with about 36 per 100,000 people, while the District of Columbia had the highest rate at about 100 deaths per 100,000 people.

Counties with the highest avoidable death rates were located primarily in the South, which has previously been nicknamed the “Stroke Belt.”[4]

Frieden emphasized this isn’t just a problem facing black residents in these regions, and said a map of only white individuals would look virtually the same.

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There were some positive trends that suggest strides have been made against preventable deaths. All states saw overall declines in deaths from avoidable causes, with a 29 percent drop in rates from 2001 to 2010.

Adults aged 65 to 74 showed decreases in preventive deaths faster than younger people, which may be due to their Medicare coverage.

But there’s much more to be done, according to the CDC.

“We know that all these places can reduce their rates by doing a few simple things,” said Frieden.

That starts with better management of blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, he said, which all raise risks for cardiovascular deaths. Lifestyle modifications such as eating healthily, exercising regularly and not smoking are also key. Communities could take charge and create healthier living spaces, such as by adding more smoke-free areas[6] or creating exercise spaces, the CDC added.

The federal government will continue to lead campaigns such as Tips From Former Smokers [7]and the Million Hearts Initiative[8], the latter aiming to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The CDC also hopes with the Affordable Care Act’s expansion[9] taking place next year, more people will have access to preventative care and doctors who will encourage healthy habits or put high-risk people on treatments like taking aspirin to avoid heart attacks and strokes[10].

“Even one preventable death is one too many,” said Frieden. “It’s really possible for us to make rapid and substantial progress in reducing these deaths,” he added.

The CDC’s Vital Signs report on Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke was published Sept. 3 on the agency’s website. [11]


  1. ^ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
  2. ^ Play Video America’s health ratings: Living longer, but sicker (www.cbsnews.com)
  3. ^ Play Video New research shows U.S. falling behind in life expectancy (www.cbsnews.com)
  4. ^ “Stroke Belt.” (www.cbsnews.com)
  5. ^ Play Video Flu shots may help reduce heart attack risk (www.cbsnews.com)
  6. ^ more smoke-free areas (www.cbsnews.com)
  7. ^ Tips From Former Smokers (www.cbsnews.com)
  8. ^ Million Hearts Initiative (millionhearts.hhs.gov)
  9. ^ Affordable Care Act’s expansion (www.cbsnews.com)
  10. ^ aspirin to avoid heart attacks and strokes (www.cbsnews.com)
  11. ^ Vital Signs report on Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke (www.cdc.gov)

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  1. Reply

    What Exactly Is A Healthy Lifestyle And Is It The Same For Everyone? Does a healthy lifestyle depends on a person’s age, religion, etc?

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      While we aren’t one size fits all, the tenets of a healthy lifestyle are those that we can all follow. It’s hard to go wrong with eating adequate calories composed of healthy foods. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat/nonfat dairy is suggested. Monitoring portions sizes and preparing food in a healthy manner is advised. Watch sodium intake as well and limit high sugar/high fat foods. Follow any diets that are recommended by your RD/MD with regard to specific disease states that you may have, such as diabetes, and take any medications as prescribed. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week, if able.

  2. Reply

    Why Is A Healthy Lifestyle Important In School? I need some ideas about Why a healthy lifestyle is important in school. I have to have an answer in less than 1000 words. Applying for college scholarship. Thanks in advance!

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

  3. Reply

    How Can I Keep Up My Healthy Lifestyle Over Easter? I have been trying to keep a healthy lifestyle, build fitness and lose a little fat. But I am surrounded by Easter treats, mum has been baking loads, have Easter eggs from family and my bf wants to get me an Easter egg too. Don’t get me wrong, I love how sweet everyone is being, but all of this will just make me I’ll. What should I do?

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      If you’d like me to be honest, I think that the healthiest lifestyles include enjoying things. So every now and then, let go of the fact that “something will make me fat” and enjoy it. I think that often as people we give up a large part of living just to stay skinny. I used to be that way, and as much as I told myself it was worth it, it really wasn’t. Enjoy it, and don’t go on a guilt trip over it.

      That being said, there are several things you can do to avoid extra treats. Stay away from the kitchen as much as possible, as well as where things are being served. When you get things, get just a small bit. I’ve noticed that with a lot of sweetbreads and cakes and such, a very thin slice takes just as long to eat as a thick one and is usually just as satisfying. If not, you can even get a second (which, sliced thinly enough, is still smaller than the thick slices would be). Another trick I’ve learned is “sharing”–if it is a roll or whatever, just eat half of it and “share” the other half with someone else (maybe someone else who either just wants half, or someone who wants more than one).

      Enjoy Easter!

    • Bob
    • September 4, 2013

    What Are Some Healthy Lifestyle Changes To Make? So I’ve started drinking more water. I drink Green, White, and Chai tea. I also bought the stainless steel water bottle, and I bike for about 20-30 minutes a day. I consider these healthy lifestyle changes. I was wondering if you could provide more suggestions along these lines.

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      There are 5 elements in a healthy lifestyle.

      1. food
      2. exercise
      3. sleep
      4. happiness
      5. extra healthy things

      1. Food, we don’t really know that much about nutrition, we do know a blanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is good for you. Meat is pretty good, if it is lean and not eaten too often….ideally I might eat meat once or twice a week. A good healthy diet can include some indulgences.
      2. Exercise, you should do some. Though I don’t recommend routine exercise, cycle 2 or 3 times a week, join a social sports club, eg, tennis, go hiking on weekends, swimming is one of the best exercises for the whole body. If you vary your exercise, then you will enjoy it more and do more.
      3. Sleep. A lot of evidence says if you don’t get enough sleep you will have problems, eat more, metabolise your food differently and die young.
      4. Be happy, enjoy your life. Drink dance, eat chocolate, but not all day, everyday.
      5. Then there are all the little extras. eg, green tea (there is no such things as Chai tea….chai means tea, it is an indian word derived from the chinese word Cha, meaning tea), red wine, brocollie and beetroot, lots of things than can boost your body, ginger, garlice and hundreds of other things that you can add to your diet to make things a little better.

      Don’t obsess, don’t live by a book or a routine, just be healthy.

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    How Will You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle In The Future? Imagine yourself after college. You’re married with a few kids. You’re gaining a few pounds every now and then. How will you get yourself back on track into a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      Minus the after college part, but I have 2 kids and am expecting the third one in a few weeks. We maintain healthy lifestyles by eating nutritious foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and milk. We also get a lot of exercise in. Although my kids are still toddlers and I’m big as a house, everyday as a family my husband and I walk with the kids up and down the road, then when we get home my husband stays outside with the kids and plays with them while I get supper fixed. We don’t turn the TV on until after baths, forcing us to get up off the couch. Hopefully that will encourage our kids to maintain healthy lifestyles after they’re all grown up.

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    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

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    What Would You Say A Healthy Lifestyle Is? Hey 🙂 I’ve got some coursework that needs doing and I need to do some primary reasearch and I was just wondering if you would leave me some answers below on what you think a healthy lifestyle is personally. And what you think you have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need loads of answers so I hope you dont mind helping me 🙂 Thankyouu

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2013

      Healthy lifestyle…involves eating right, exercing, and relationships you have with others. Also if you live in a clean environment…messy=germs=sickness…and to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to frequenlty eat right, do some sort of physical activity, be nice to others (stress is bad for health), and keep a clean home

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