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A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week found that the number of American adults dying of preventable causes, such as heart disease and stroke, has surpassed 400,000 per year.
It found that more than 6 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and asthma.
The report noted that while the number is down from an average of 500,000 deaths per year in the 1970s and 1980s, the number remains high because the American Health Care Act is not fully implemented and people continue to get coverage through the exchanges.
“If this is the last time we see this kind of rapid decline in mortality, we should be concerned,” said Dr. Tran, who was not involved in the study.
The study found that in Texas, Texas residents were about 2.5 times more likely to die from preventable diseases than the general population.
It noted that a higher percentage of Texas residents had a chronic condition, compared to about 3.5 percent of the general public.
The findings are not new, but the study’s findings highlight the need for states to get involved and to create better mechanisms for reporting, the authors wrote.
“These data suggest that a comprehensive public health plan must be developed to identify, monitor and respond to patients with chronic conditions,” they wrote.
They said the data also suggested that people who are hospitalized for chronic conditions can expect to receive better care than the population overall.
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