American are living longer as heart disease deaths drop

American are living longer as heart disease deaths drop

Average life expectancy for Americans has reached a new record of 77.9 years. The increase is most likely due to a decrease in deaths from heart attack and stroke, two of the nation’s leading killers, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the figures in September, based on 2005 statistics. Life expectancy for women continues to be about five years longer than for men. While heart disease and stroke deaths dropped, cancer deaths rose from about 554,000 in 2004 to about 559,000 in 2005. There were also five-percent increases in the rates of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, the seventh and 14th leading causes of death in the U.S, respectively. The tiny nation of Andorra, located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, has the longest average life expectancy of 83.5 years.

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