Sunday, May 7, 2023

Ten States with the Highest Male Heart Disease Death Rates

Males accounted for almost 382,800 of the 696,962 deaths in the United States attributable to heart disease in 2020.  At 235.9 deaths per 100,000 population, heart disease was the leading cause of death among men in the United States in 2020, accounting for about 21.6% of all male deaths in the U.S. that year.  At the state level, there was a wide disparity in the rate of heart disease deaths among men.  In the ten states with the worst incidence of heart disease deaths for males, the death rate ranged from 23% to 42% higher than the male-only national average death rate from heart disease.  In comparison to the overall U.S. death rate from heart disease in 2020, these ten states had male death rates that ranged from 37% to 58% above the national average.  Further examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following details about the ten states with the highest male heart disease death rates in 2020:

Ten States with the Highest Male Heart Disease Death Rates

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
Alabama 7,951 2,376,966 334.5
Mississippi 4,786 1,435,815 333.3
Oklahoma 6,542 1,971,181 331.9
West Virginia 2,873 884,276 324.9
Arkansas 4,712 1,486,856 316.9
Louisiana 6,807 2,264,160 300.6
Michigan 14,678 4,907,813 299.1
Tennessee 9,945 3,358,020 296.2
Missouri 8,742 3,017,723 289.7
Kentucky 6,379 2,205,345 289.3
     Total 73,415 23,908,155 307.1
U.S. Male Only 382,776 162,256,202 235.9
U.S. Female Only 314,186 167,227,921 187.9
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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