Death rates have declined for seven of the fifteen leading causes of death

Mortality rates for seven of the fifteen leading causes of death declined significantly between 2009 – 2010, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Key findings from the report:

  • The seven leading causes of death that showed a significant decline are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, accidents, Influenza and pneumonia, and Septicemia.
  • The death rate increased for 5 leading causes of death: Alzheimer’s disease, Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis, Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, Parkinson's disease, and Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids.
  • Life expectancy increased by 0.1 year from 78.6 in 2009 to 78.7 in 2010.

(Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/, January 2012; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, January 11, 2012)