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In 2011, the leading causes of death in the U.S. were chronic
diseases: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke (cerebrovascular diseases).

Hoyert D, Xu J. Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Center for Health Statistics; 2012. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24984457/

Reference

Title
Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011
Publisher
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Center for Health Statistics
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Hoyert D, Xu J
Volume & Issue
Volume 61, Issue 6
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence
  • Human Burden

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