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The 15 leading causes of death in the United States in 2004 were:

  • Heart disease There are many types of heart disease. About 25% of all Americans have one or more types of heart disease.
  • Cancer The term cancer covers more than a hundred diseases that share one trait: In all of the diseases, cells grow out of control and destroy healthy tissues.
  • Stroke A stroke is damage to the brain due either to blockage in blood flow or to loss of blood from blood vessels in the brain.
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Accidents
  • Diabetes a disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond to insulin.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects the brain's function.
  • Influenza and pneumonia Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lung caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, and other organisms.
  • Kidney disease
  • Septicemia
  • Suicide
  • Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis Liver cirrhosis is a term that refers to a group of chronic diseases of the liver in which normal liver cells are damaged and replaced by scar tissue.
  • Hypertension
  • Parkinson’s disease Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the brain characterized by shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.
  • Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids.

** Source National Center for Health Statistics

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