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

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Heart disease was California’s leading cause of death from 2000 through 2008 and the number one leading cause of death nationally from 2000 through 2007, the most recent year for which national data is available.

The age-adjusted heart disease death rate was lower in California than the United States each year from 2000 through 2007.  The chart below displays California’s age-adjusted death rates for 2000 through 2008, compared with the available United States rates.

Heart Disease Age-Adjusted Death Rates California and United States, 2000-2008 

California’s age-adjusted heart disease death rate decreased every year during the study period, and the decline over time became statistically significant.  The rate dropped from 237.6 in 2000 to 169.5 in 2008, a 28.7 percent decrease.  A similar pattern can be observed in the national-level data.  Annual age-adjusted death rates are shown in Table 3 (PDF)Opens a new browser window..

There were 592,235 heart disease deaths in California from 2000 through 2008.  This represented more than one quarter (28.1 percent) of all California deaths during the same period. 

The average age of death due to heart disease was 78.1 years.  More than two-thirds of all California heart disease deaths during this time occurred to persons aged 75 and older.  The chart below shows the age distribution of heart disease deaths for all California residents.

 Age Distribution of Heart Disease Deaths California, 2000-2008

The risk of dying from heart disease increases with age, with the exception of infants under 1 year of age, whose rates are higher than all ages through the age of 24.  The minimum and maximum annual age specific death rates per 100,000 population for 2000 through 2008 and age groups that had reliable rates during each study year were as follows:

   •   Under 1 year (4.8, 12.8)
   •   15-24 years (1.5, 2.1)
   •   25-34 years (5.1, 6.3)
   •   35-44 years (16.3, 22.9)
   •   45-54 years (61.8, 76.5)
   •   55-64 years (157.2, 218.5)
   •   65-74 years (380.8, 583.8)
   •   75-84 years (1,167.8, 1,646.8)
   •   85+ years (4,263.3, 5,903.5)

* Please Note: Age groups 1-4 years and 5-14 years were not shown due to unreliable rates.

All age groups for ages 35 and older displayed statistically significant downward trends during the period.  There were no statistically significant trends in groups under age 35.

During the study period, the actual risk of dying (or crude death rate) from heart disease ranged from 158.8 to 200.9 per 100,000 population.  Annual heart disease crude death rates for the California population are displayed in Table 2a (PDF)Opens a new browser window. 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 10:48 AM