The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes certain chronic conditions (diseases that last three months or more) as the leading causes of death in the United States, where six out of ten people have a chronic illness and four out of 10 have more than one chronic condition.
- Heart disease, which includes coronary artery disease and heart failure, is the #1 cause of death in the country for both men and women
- Respiratory disease is the 4th leading cause of death
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death
Regular monitoring and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may help prevent them from becoming life-threatening. BCBSAZ provides health education and disease management—integrated care to prevent or minimize the effects of a disease—to help you stay in charge of your health. You can receive individual counseling and case management follow-up by phone.