Leading Causes of Death
By American Heart Association News

Heart disease continues to kill more Americans than any other cause, according to 2014 federal data.

Heart disease
Total death: 614, 348
Percentage share of total: 23.4%

Cancer
Total death: 591,699
Percentage share of total: 22.5%

Chronic lower respiratory diseases
Total death: 147,101
Percentage share of total: 5.6%

Accidents
Total death: 136,053
Percentage share of total: 5.2%

Stroke
Total death: 133,103
Percentage share of total: 5.1%

Alzheimer’s disease
Total death: 93,541
Percentage share of total: 3.6%

Diabetes
Total death: 76,488
Percentage share of total: 2.9%

Flu, pneumonia
Total death: 55,227
Percentage share of total: 2.1%

Kidney disease
Total death: 48,146
Percentage share of total: 1.8%

Suicide
Total death: 42,773
Percentage share of total: 1.6%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention