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Top 5 deadliest diseases in USA

Top 5 deadliest diseases in USA

1: Heart disease

  • Deaths: 614,348
  • Some of the following signs and symptoms can materialize before a heart attack
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in the upper body, arms, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Cold sweats

The key to preventing death from heart disease is to protect the heart and know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

  • 2: Cancer

    • Deaths: 591,699 
  • Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can interfere with essential life-sustaining systems and result in death


  • Many of the more than 3 million skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and avoiding indoor tanning.
  • 3: Chronic lower respiratory disease

    • Deaths: 147,101
    • Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) is a collection of lung diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related issues, including primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but also bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.


  • 4: Stroke

    • Deaths: 133,033
    • Cerebrovascular diseases are conditions that develop as a result of problems with the blood vessels that supply the brain. Four of the most common types of cerebrovascular disease are:
      • Stroke
      • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
      • Vascular dementia
  • Signs and symptoms of stroke

    During a stroke, every second count. Fast treatment can reduce the brain damage that stroke can cause. Signs and symptoms of stroke include sudden:

    • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
    • Confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech
    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
    • A severe headache with no known cause


  • 5: Alzheimer's disease

    • Deaths: 93,541
  • Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

    The following are common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's:

    • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
    • Challenges in planning or solving problems
    • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or in leisure
    • Confusion with time or place
    • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
    • New problems with words in speaking or writing
    • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
    • Decreased or poor judgment
    • Withdrawal from work or social activities
    • Changes in mood and personality, including apathy and depression
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