Friday, December 10, 2021

Ten States with the Highest Heart Disease Death Rates

More than 659,000 deaths in the U.S. were attributed to heart disease in 2019.  At 200.8 deaths per 100,000 population, heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States in 2019, accounting for about 23% of all deaths in the U.S. that year.  At the state level there was much disparity in the incidence of heart disease deaths.  In the ten states with the worst incidence of heart disease deaths, the death rate ranged from 21% to 43% higher than the national average.  A closer review of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following details about the ten states with the highest heart disease death rates in 2019:

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
AR 8,669 3,017,804 287.3
WV 5,087 1,792,147 283.8
OK 10,960 3,956,971 277.0
AL 13,448 4,903,185 274.3
MS 7,997 2,976,149 268.7
MI 25,547 9,986,857 255.8
PA 32,229 12,801,989 252.3
OH 29,160 11,689,100 249.5
TN 16,814 6,829,174 246.2
MO 15,108 6,137,428 244.7
     Total 164,999 64,090,804 257.4
U.S. 659,041 328,239,523 200.8

(*) number of heart disease deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on December 4, 2021

related commentary:  U.S. Heart Disease Deaths by Region

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