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Secondary Prevention 2: Common Clinical and Chronic Diseases 

Secondary Prevention 2: Common Clinical and Chronic Diseases
Secondary Prevention 2: Common Clinical and Chronic Diseases

Warren G. Thompson

and Darryl S. Chutka

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date: 07 August 2020

Chronic diseases are responsible for 6 of the 7 leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease and cancer account for about half of all deaths. Cerebrovascular disease, chronic low respiratory tract diseases, diabetes mellitus, and Alzheimer disease account for an additional 16% of deaths. Chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, hypertension, and hypertensive renal disease account for 2% of all deaths in the United States. A substantial portion of these deaths is preventable; here, we provide a concise review of these common clinical diseases with an emphasis on prevention.

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