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CDC: Many stroke and heart attack deaths preventable

September 11, 2013

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Atlanta – At least 200,000 of the deaths from heart disease and stroke that occur each year could be prevented by lifestyle changes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stroke and heart disease cause almost 1 out of 3 deaths annually, and roughly 60 percent of the preventable deaths involve people younger than 65, CDC stated. Habits identified by CDC that help to reduce the risk of death include stopping smoking; increasing physical activity; curbing sodium intake; and managing diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.