Heart disease has long been on the top of the list when it comes to mortality rates in the US. Unfortunately, it still remains to be the number one killer among Americans, according to the recent Mortality Report released by the National Center for Health Statistics of the CDC. The latest statistics covered data taken from 2008. But despite this, there is still some positive news to come out of the said data.
The 2008 data taken was based on 99 percent of the death certificates received by NCHS through the National Vital Statistics System that covered all 50 states in the US including the District of Columbia and the US territories. The said report showed that heart disease still ranked as the number one killer for Americans, which accounted for 2,473,018 American deaths in 2008. It was followed by cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke. Accidents rounded up the top five causes of death for Americans in 2008.
Despite the grim news that heart disease still remained as the top killer for Americans in 2008, some improvement also showed. After adjusted for age, the death rate for the Us population dropped for the 9th straight year at 758.7 deaths per 100,000 of the population in 2008. This is 0.2 percent lower than the 760.2 deaths per 100,000 of the population recorded in 2007. The incidence of infant deaths also declined in 2008, from an average of 6.77 deaths per 1,000 infants in 2007 to only 6.59 deaths per 1,000 infants for 2008.