Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Ten States with the Lowest Heart Disease Death Rates

Over 659,000 deaths in the U.S. were attributable to heart disease in 2019.  With a death rate of 200.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019, heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States that year, accounting for roughly 23% of all deaths in the United States.  At the state level there was considerable disparity in the heart disease death rate.  In the ten states with the lowest incidence of heart disease related deaths, the death rate ranged from 15% to nearly 43% below than the national average.  A closer examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, revealed the following statistics about the ten states with the lowest heart disease death rates in 2019:

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
MA 11,761 6,892,503 170.6
OR 7,128 4,217,737 169.0
DC 1,187 705,749 168.2
TX 46,139 28,995,881 159.1
CA 62,394 39,512,223 157.9
WA 11,862 7,614,893 155.8
MN 8,401 5,639,632 149.0
CO 7,762 5,758,736 134.8
UT 3,882 3,205,958 121.1
AK 843 731,545 115.2
     Total 161,359 103,274,857 156.2
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

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