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Heart disease deaths decline, but improvement is needed

South Carolina residents may be happy to hear that preventable deaths due to cardiovascular disease are declining, but the CDC still believes that there is a lot of room for improvement. Not every one of these deaths was related to medical malpractice, but there is still a lot that the medical community can do to reduce their number. While there was a 29 percent decline in the number of avoidable deaths due to heart and hypertensive diseases and stroke before the age of 75 between 2001 and 2010, more than 50 percent of these deaths occurred in people under the age of 65.

According to the CDC director, even one preventable death is too many. He believes that more action on the part of the medical community and government could make huge progress in reducing avoidable deaths. Based on information from an earlier study, about half of the life expectancy gap between the United States and other countries is attributed to heart disease. Compared to some similar countries, the rate of cardiovascular death in the U.S. is 50 percent higher.

Almost a quarter of cardiovascular disease-related deaths are considered to be avoidable by addressing risk factors and treating people. More than 200,000 deaths from heart disease, stroke and hypertensive disease could have been avoided in 2010 alone.

Heart diseases are serious conditions that can sometimes be fatal. How quickly they are diagnosed and how well they are treated can have a huge impact on an individual. If someone has been the victim of a doctor's negligence, they may be owed compensation. A lawyer could explain what is involved in pursuing remuneration as well as letting someone know what their rights are.

Source: Medpage Today, "CV Deaths Down, but Still Too High, CDC Says", Crystal Phend, September 03, 2013

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