Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Ten States with the Highest Female Heart Disease Death Rates

Women accounted for 314,186 out of the approximately 697,000 deaths in the U.S. that were attributed to heart disease in 2020.  At 187.9 deaths per 100,000 population, heart disease was the leading cause of death among women in the United States in 2020, accounting for about 19.5% of all female deaths in the U.S. that year.  At the state level, there was much disparity in the incidence of female heart disease deaths.  In the ten states with the worst incidence of heart disease deaths for women, the death rate ranged from 22% to 42% higher than the national average for women.  In nine of these states, the female heart disease death rate was higher than even the national male-only heart disease death rate of 235.9 deaths per 100,000 population.  A closer examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following details about the ten states with the highest female heart disease death rates in 2020:

Ten States with the Highest Female Heart Disease Death Rates

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
Alabama 6,788 2,544,566 266.8
Mississippi 4,023 1,530,971 262.8
Oklahoma 5,216 2,009,602 259.6
Arkansas 3,909 1,543,666 253.2
West Virginia 2,250 900,511 249.9
Michigan 12,449 5,058,742 246.1
New York 23,651 9,946,279 237.8
Pennsylvania 15,490 6,516,212 237.7
Ohio 14,124 5,960,556 237.0
Missouri 7,192 3,133,825 229.5
     Total 95,092 39,144,930 242.9
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

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 24, 2023

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