American life expectancy now longest in U.S. history

a drop in deaths from heart disease and stroke hel

If you still think that cardiovascular disease including heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States, you might not be correct. The life expectancy for Americans has reached the longest in U.S. history with almost 78 years, according to new government figures. Thanks to the drop in the heart disease and stroke-related deaths.

The report is made taking about 99 percent of the death records reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2005 into consideration.

With life expectancy of only 69.6 in early 2005, its increase to 78 was surely more dramatic in contrast. But, there has also been a slight increase in the infant mortality rate — from 6.8 per 1,000 live births in 2004 to 6.9 in 2005, although the researchers reused to accept the increase as ‘statistically significant’.

Co-authoring the report, the survey statistician Hsiang-Ching Kung said,

If death rates from certain leading causes of death continue to decline, we should continue to see improvements in life expectancy.

Although the report reveals an increase in cancer deaths in the United States, the American medical fraternity seems to have effectively battled out both the killer diseases — heart disease and stroke — that are considered the leading causes of death in New York, killing more than 70,000 residents each year alone in the state.

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