What Is the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide?


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As of 2012, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. It accounts for three out of every 10 deaths, with millions dying from ischaemic heart disease or from strokes.

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Tobacco use is a primary cause of cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer. Tobacco is a contributing factor for every one out of 10 deaths worldwide.

Some ways of preventing heart disease is to get active by doing at least two hours of physical activity a week, eating a healthier diet, managing blood pressure and blood sugar, and quitting smoking. Losing as little as three percent body weight reduces the risk of heart disease.

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