Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in America, dropping from the third place ranking it held for years.
The CDC statistics note there were 133,750 deaths from the disease in 2008, a 3.8 percent decline from the 2007 figures. Other findings indicate that there were 141,075 lives lost from chronic lower respiratory disease in 2008, a rate that increased by 7.8 percent from the previous year.
Heart disease and cancer made up almost half of all deaths two years ago, says the CDC. Overall, there were 2,473,018 deaths in the country in 2008, which is 49,306 more than the 2007 total.
In addition, life expectancy at birth dipped to 77.8 years from 77.9 years in 2007. By comparison, the mortality rate between white and black populations was 4.6 years in 2008, a decrease of two-tenths from 2007.
Strategies that may help avoid being a casualty to a serious disease is to focus on consistently exercising and following a nutritional diet. People who maintain a healthy lifestyle generally pay lower life insurance premiums.