Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Female Heart Disease Death Rates in the U.S. by Region

Women accounted for 314,186 of the nearly 697,000 heart disease deaths in the United States in 2020.  At 187.9 deaths per 100,000 population, the heart disease death rate for females in the U.S. in 2020 was about 20% lower than the male rate and  11.1% lower than the overall national heart disease death rate.  At the regional level, the female heart disease death rate was lowest in the five-state Rocky Mountain region and the highest in the Mid-Eastern U.S., a region that includes the District of Columbia and five states.  A closer examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about female heart disease rates in the U.S. by region (follow the "region" links below for female heart disease death rate information at the state level within each region):

Female Heart Disease Death Rates in the U.S. by Region

Region Deaths Population Death Rate*
Far West 54,932 28,192,091 194.8
Great Lakes 51,675 23,773,455 217.4
Great Plains 20,501 10,807,995 189.7
Mid-East 56,010 25,009,994 224.0
New England 13,193 7,604,537 173.5
Rocky Mountain 8,470 6,226,673 136.0
Southeast 87,506 43,829,093 199.7
Southwest 34,947 21,588,645 161.9
U.S. Female Only 314,186 167,227,921 187.9
U.S. Male Only 382,776 162,256,202 235.9
U.S. Total 696,962 329,484,123 211.5

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

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on April 22, 2023

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