CDC: One in four U.S. deaths from heart disease could be prevented

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one quarter of U.S. heart disease deaths could have been avoided and that the Affordable Care Act could decrease that number in coming years.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 800,000 each year. In 2010, the CDC reports 200,070 deaths from heart disease, stroke and hypertension could have been avoided with prevention measures and treatment, including weight management, physical activity, decreasing drinking and healthy diet.

CDC officials told Reuters the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2014 is expected to provide better access to treatment for millions of uninsured Americans. Reuters reports coverage of preventative screenings could help decrease deaths from heart disease.

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