5 Most Common Causes of Preventable Death in the US

The necessary steps to avoiding premature death are having good health and quality of life. Public health officials are providing education on the causes of preventable death. There are 5 most common causes of preventable death in the U.S. These causes include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), and car accidents (unintentional injuries).

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the primary cause of preventable death in the United States. There are some risk factors for heart disease. These risks include heart disease among family members and your age. There are some preventive measures that you can take to prevent heart disease. 


  • Stop smoking 
  • Exercise daily
  • Eat healthy meals


A person may develop cancer due to age or hereditary factors. There are risk factors for cancer. These factors include contacting chemicals, smoking, exposure to sunlight, and obesity. You can lower the chance of cancer by dodging its risk factors.


  • Avoid chemicals
  • Halt tobacco usage
  • Dodge sunlight 
  • Maintain a healthy diet

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease

This disease affects the lungs. The most serious form of this disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease makes it hard for a person to get enough oxygen. Risk factors are smoking and contact with chemicals. There are defensive measures to take against this disease.

  • Cease smoking
  • Stay away from dust and chemicals

Cerebrovascular Diseases (Strokes)

A stroke prevents the brain from getting enough oxygen. This occurs when a clot prevents a blood vessel from supplying blood to the brain. Also, a clot can burst and cause blood to escape into the brain. Family history, age, and high blood pressure are some risk factors. There are preventive measures for strokes.

  • Exercise daily
  • Eat healthy foods

Car Accidents

Car accidents are the main cause of unintentional injuries in the United States. Two million people receive injuries every year. Front seat belts and child car seats are not used. Drivers are drinking alcohol, speeding, texting, and using a cellphone while driving. You can lower these risks by driving safely.


  • Use seat belts and child car seats
  • Do not drive while intoxicated
  • Obey speed limits at all times 
  • Eliminate texting and cell phone usage

Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), and car accidents can be eliminated by lowering risk factors. Public officials are increasing education on the causes of preventable death. They are also providing information on the steps to take for good health and quality of life.



Center for Disease Control

Dolman Law Group

Department of Health and Human Services

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