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Heart Disease Mortality Data Trends for 2000-2008                                                                           DS 10-10002

Male and Female Populations

Heart disease was the number one leading cause of death for both men and women during all years studied in this report. 

The chart below presents 2000 through 2008 age-adjusted death rates for California residents by sex.

Heart Disease Age-Adjusted Death Rates by Sex, California 2000-2008 

The age-adjusted heart disease death rate was lower for women than men throughout the study period, but both males and females experienced statistically significant rate decreases.  For males, the age-adjusted rate fell from 291.1 in 2000 to 208.7 in 2008, a 28.3 percent decrease.  The female rate dropped from 195.9 in 2000 to 138.1 in 2008, a 29.5 percent decrease.  Annual heart disease age-adjusted death rates are shown in Table 3 (PDF)Opens a new browser window..

Of California’s 592,235 total heart disease deaths from 2000 through 2008, the proportions were about equal between males and females (296,957 deaths in males; 295,278 deaths in females).

The average age of death due to heart disease during this time was 74.4 years for men and 81.9 years for women.  This means that, on average, men died more than seven years earlier from heart disease than women.

Although most heart disease deaths occurred to persons over age 75 in both sexes, the proportion of deaths that occurred to people under age 75 was larger for males.  Approximately 42.0 percent of male heart disease deaths occurred to men under age 75 compared to 21.1 percent of female heart disease deaths in that age group.

The chart below shows the age distribution of heart disease deaths by sex.

Age Distribution of Heart Disease Deaths by Sex, California 2000-2008

The risk of dying from heart disease increases with age for both sexes.  Age-specific death rates for both males and females were higher in older age groups.  Annual age-specific heart disease death rates are displayed in Table 2b (PDF)Opens a new browser window.for males and Table 2c (PDF)Opens a new browser window.for females.

During the study period, the actual risk of dying (or crude death rate) from heart disease ranged from 199.7 to 163.0 deaths per 100,000 population for males.  The female rate ranged from 202.2 to 154.7.  Both males and females experienced consistent decreases in crude heart disease death rates during the study period.  Annual rates are displayed in Table 2b (PDF)Opens a new browser window.for males and Table 2c (PDF)Opens a new browser window.for females under the “All Ages” column.

See the Technical Notes for information about rate calculation and trend analysis.

Read More: 
At a Glance
California Total Population
Male and Female Populations
Race/Ethnic Group Differences 
Sex Differences Within Race/Ethnic Groups
County of Residence Populations 
Tables (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
Technical Notes  
Vital Statistics Query System 

Helpful Resources
American Heart Association
Centers for Disease Control Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

Last modified on: 1/22/2016 10:15 AM