In 2008, the mortality rate in the United States was 825.9 per 100,000 people. This figure is as per what was published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, at the same time mortality rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death has reduced dramatically and some of these causes include influenza and pneumonia.
According to reports being published annually, there seems to be a decline in mortality rate in the United States and this decline is seen among most racial and ethnic groups. The three main causes of deaths in the United States are heart disease, cancer and stroke and deaths from these causes have progressively reducing each year. However, health officials know that to further bring down the mortality rate of heart disease, cancer and stroke, the disparity in healthcare that exists has to reduced, if not removed.
Nearly 4 percent of deaths in the Untied States occur due to heart disease, 2 percent from cancer, 5 percent from stroke and accidents and unintended injuries account for 2 percent of deaths.
As mentioned earlier, the biggest decline in mortality rate was seen for influenza and pneumonia, which together account for more than 7 percent of deaths in the United States. This decline can be attributed to the fact that more and more people are not taking influenza vaccines to protect their health.
Just like every other country in the world, the United States is also battling HIV/AIDS, which accounts for 4 percent deaths. But death from HIV is on the decline but it is the 6th leading cause of death among people aged between 25 and 44 years. HIV is the leading cause of death among African Americans belonging to the same age group -- 25 to 44 years.
The decline in HIV-related deaths can be attributed to anti-AIDS drugs but healthcare professionals are not dropping their guard as new infections of HIV are continuously taking place and need to stay focused on HIV prevention.
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