Stroke Drops - now Fourth Leading Cause of Death

This article discusses how strokes have dropped to the fourth cause of death in the U.S.;

"ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, down from the third place ranking it has held for decades, according to preliminary 2008 death statistics released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. While deaths from stroke and several other chronic diseases are down, deaths due to chronic lower respiratory disease increased in 2008.

There were 133,750 deaths from stroke in 2008. Age-adjusted death rates from stroke declined 3.8 percent between 2007 and 2008. Meantime, there were 141,075 deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease, and the death rate increased by 7.8 percent.

Some of the increase in deaths may be due to a modification made by the World Health Organization in the way deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases are classified and coded. The National Center for Health Statistics will conduct a thorough analysis on this change and its effect on the chronic lower respiratory disease category before the final 2008 deaths data are released...."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/stroke-drops-to-fourth-leading-cause-of-death-in-2008-111608469.html

Source: PRNewswire, 12/9/10

This information gives us good news regarding a decline in stroke deaths, but at the same time warns us about another big problem, that you do not hear from the media. Thank you very much. God bless you always.

Majority of the time, we do not take respiratory problems seriously. After this article, we should pay attention if something similar happens to us. God bless you for posting this information.

Thank you so much for your insight Marcie! You are so right, we really need to pay close attention to the signs and not just ignore them until it's more serious.