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50 Most Common Causes Of Death

Updated June 14, 2019 308.5k views50 items

The most common ways to die probably won't surprise you - many of us have loved ones who were claimed by cancer, heart disease, or other terminal illness. This is a list of the 50 leading causes of death in the world for both men and women, including both natural and unnatural causes. From stroke to heart attack to shark attack, these are the ways most people die. 

What are the most common causes of death? The number one cause of death is cardiovascular disease, which kills more Americans than cancer each year. Do you often wonder how your life is going to end? What is the chances you are going to have a painless, quick death? There are obviously many different ways to die, and you never can tell for certain how you are going to go, but this list gives you the most probable causes of death. After you read this list, try not to get too hung up on it. After all, we are all going one way or another. 
  • Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. Common CVDs include: ischemic heart disease, stroke, hypertensive heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, aortic aneurysms, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation, congenital heart disease, endocarditis, and peripheral artery disease, among others. The underlying mechanisms varies depending on the disease in question. IHD, stroke, and PAD involve atherosclerosis. This may be caused by high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, lack of exercise, obesity, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, and excessive alcohol, among others. High blood pressure results in 13% of CVD deaths, while tobacco results in 9%, diabetes...  more
  • A sudden, nonconvulsive loss of neurologic function due to an ischemic or hemorrhagic intracranial vascular event. In general, cerebrovascular accidents are classified by anatomic location in the brain, vascular distribution, etiology, age of the affected individual, and hemorrhagic vs. nonhemorrhagic nature. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp777-810)...  more
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    Lower respiratory tract infection, while often used as a synonym for pneumonia, can also be applied to other types of infection including lung abscess and acute bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing and fatigue. There are a number of infections that can affect the lower respiratory tract. The two most common are bronchitis and pneumonia. Influenza affects both the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Antibiotics are the first line treatment for pneumonia; however, are not indicated in viral infections. Acute bronchitis typically resolves on its own with time. In 2013 LRTIs resulted in 2.7 million deaths down from 3.4 million deaths in 1990. This was 4.8%...  more