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One in four deaths from heart disease and stroke in the US is preventable

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5451
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

More than 200 000 of the 800 000 deaths from heart disease and stroke in the United States each year are preventable, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said in a report.

The CDC’s director, Tom Frieden, said in a telephone press briefing, “These findings are really striking because we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths that don’t have to happen when they happen.”

The report looked at deaths from heart disease and stroke in Americans under age 75 that could have been prevented by lifestyle changes, medical care, or public health measures.1

The report found that the annual total number of avoidable deaths from heart disease, stroke, and hypertensive disease in the US was 200 070, for an …

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