8 Causes of Death

How Doctors Should Think

Posted on October 11, 2008. Filed under: 8 Causes of Death, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Diseases, Recommended Medical Guidelines |

Every business forecasts its performance predicated on past experience except medicine. Yet, health care could benefit from that approach because there is statistical probability for everything, including health. Most predictable is the fact that some day we all have to be dead. To be dead, there has to be a cause of death.

To predict our likely cause of death, all we have to do is resort to statistics. For instance, statistics prove that two thirds of all death is attributable to cardiovascular causes, such as heart attacks, strokes, and aneurysms. Because we all know the statistics and the primary risk factors (cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, and stress), doctors should be aggressive in identifying and intercepting those risk factors as early as possible. From that alone, we would reduce our chances of dying of a cardiovascular event considerably.

If we can ward off a cardiovascular problem, we can live long enough to get cancer, the second most-common cause of death. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death, even in nonsmokers. All that is required to have this disease is that we have lungs. But the main reason it is so (more…)

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