Congenital malformations are the number 1 cause of death in infants under one year of age in the US. These disorders include heart and neural tube defects and Down Syndrome. In children aged 1-4, congenital anomalies remain the second leading cause of death.
Prematurity or preterm birth is the second most common cause of death under the age of one year in the US.
Sudden, unexpected infant death is the third most common cause of death for those under the age of one in the US. SIDS is one of the parts of this sudden death, along with accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment and other deaths from unknown causes.
Accidents or unintentional injuries are number 1 most common cause of death for individuals aged 1-44 in the US, and they rank as the third most common cause of death for those aged 45-64.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 5-14, 35-44, and those above 65 in the US. It also ranks as the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 45 and 64.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for individuals above 65 years old in the US, the second leading cause for those aged 45-64, and the third leading cause for those aged 35-44.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-34 in the US and the third leading cause among those aged 5-14.
Homicide is the third leading cause of death for individuals aged 1-4 and 15-34 in the US.
Chronic lower respiratory disease is the third most common cause of death for those older than 65 in the US. These disorders can cause shortness of breath due to airway obstruction and may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.
Stroke is a common cause of death in the USA, ranking among the top five causes for those over 65.
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