Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Heart Deaths Rose in 2015
Although medical science seems to show advances almost every day, we are reminded by statistics that there is no consistently ascending line to successful treatments and cures.
That’s the message to be gleaned from a new study published online yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Death rates from a number of maladies were higher in 2015 than they were in 2014. Those conditions include heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer's.
In addition, the overall death rate was higher in 2015. There were 731 deaths per 100,000 people in the United States in the 2014-2015 period, compared to 720 deaths per 100,000 the year before.
Heart disease claimed 168 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 166 the year before. Stroke caused 37.5 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 35.9. And Alzheimer's disease claimed 28.9 lives per 100,000 people in 2015, a fairly significant rise from the prior year’s 24.2.
The mortality rate did slow for cancer. There were about 159 cancer deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, compared with about 161 the year before.