Stroke Deaths Are Rising In Some Parts of America

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 7, 2017

US progress in preventing stroke deaths has stalled after more than four decades of decline, according to a new report released Wednesday by the country's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The decline in stroke death rates have slowed, stalled or even reversed in 38 states from 2000 through 2015, found the CDC, which used data from the U.S. Census and the U.S. National Vital Statistics System from 2000 to 2015.

Stroke death rates increased in the Hispanic population between 2013 and 2015.

Overall, the stall in progress is true for three out of four USA states between 2000 and 2015, not just in the so-called "stroke belt", where residents have a significantly higher incidence of stroke than the rest of the US population.

Doctors blame uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Every year, almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke, and more than 140,000 die from it. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the USA and one of the primary causes of serious disability among Americans.

"These findings are a wakeup call".

Nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year, and doctors say the vast majority, 80-percent, can be prevented with lifestyle changes.

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