The leading cause of death was heart disease (699,659), followed by cancer (607,790), unintentional injuries (218,064) and drug overdoses and motor vehicle accidents and COVID-19 (186,702).
However, the death rate decreased by 5.3 percent in 2022, from 879.7 per 100,000 to 832.8 in 2021.
Overall, men have a higher rate of COVID-19-related deaths (76.3) than women (49.8).
It also decreased from 2021 to 2022 among the over-15 age group, while it increased for all age groups under 15. But the CDC did not say why.
The increased incidence of heart disease may be related to COVID-19, as several studies have noted an increased risk of cardiovascular disease for at least one year after recovery.
“The death rate has come down a lot, but we also want to emphasize that we’re not out of the woods here,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, director of mortality statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics. The New York Times says.
“There are still a lot of deaths and we’re still seeing deaths in 2023,” Anderson added.