What is the life expectancy of U.S. citizens and what is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) publishes vital statistics on U.S. deaths, death rates, life expectancy and trends. The highlights from the most recent data shows that:
1. Average Life expectancy was 78.1 years. This is an average and includes all comers, including healthy people, people with multiple diseases and illnesses and all races. The trend shows that people continue to live longer.
2. The leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidents. Heart disease and cancer continue to trend lower as a cause of death.
3. The leading causes of infant deaths are congenital malformations, disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome and newborn deaths caused by maternal complications.
4. The age-adjusted death rate was 1.2x greater for black’s and 2.3x greater for black’s for infant deaths.
For more information on National Vital Statistics visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/nvsr.htm
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