CDC Reports Lower Statistics of Stroke Leading to Death

CDC Reports Lower Statistics of Stroke Leading to Death

CDC Reports Lower Statistics of Stroke Leading to Death

The National Center for Health Statistics, a subsidiary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, has released a report that details the cause of death statistics for the year 2008. One important fact that came out in the report is that stroke has gone down to the fourth leading cause of death from third.

For the last several decades stroke had remained in third place. Statistics in the report show that stroke and chronic disease deaths were down but that lower respiratory diseases in chronic forms killed more people in 2008.  In the United States 133,750 people suffered a stroke and died in 2008.

Using an age adjustment, the number of stroke deaths declined by 3.8 percent between 2007 and 2008. In this same time period, lower respiratory disease in its chronic forms claimed the lives of 141,075 people.

During this year long period the death rate saw an increase of 7.8 percent.

Some medical analysts think that the reason the death rate increased statistically is because the World Health Organization made some minor changes to how it recorded and coded deaths that were a result of lower respiratory disease in its chronic form. The National Center for Health Statistics has said that they will carry out a thorough analysis of the World Health Organizations statistics in order to ensure that the data on the death rate in America is correct before they issue the final results for 2008.

The preliminary report shows that that the average Americans life expectancy was one month shorter in 2008 than in 2007.


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