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American Heart Association comments on CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics updated mortality data

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and stroke continues to rank fifth, according to the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Data Report for 2017.

“With a slight decrease in deaths from heart disease in 2017 and a slight increase in deaths from stroke this lack of any major movement in these areas has been a trend we’ve seen the last couple of years,” said Ivor J. Benjamin, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. “It is discouraging after experiencing decades when heart disease and stroke death rates both dropped more dramatically. We know there is still much work – new work – to do to turn this trend around.”

While reducing prevalence and deaths from heart disease and stroke has long been the mission of the American Heart Association, many of the top 10 leading causes of death are related conditions that are behind an important expansion of the organization’s lifesaving work.

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