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Cardiovascular Deaths
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Cardiovascular Deaths measures the three-year average, age-adjusted number of deaths attributed to cardiovascular diseases, including but not limited to heart disease and stroke, per 100,000 population. Ranks are based on the most recently available 3 years of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and CDC.The rates are age-adjusted using NCHS’s bridged-race estimates of the July 1 resident population from the 2008 county-level postcensal series.


Cardiovascular deaths are an indication of the toll cardiovascular disease places on the population. In the United States, heart disease and stroke are currently the leading and fourth leading causes of death, respectively[1]. Cardiovascular disease accounts for 17% of medical spending, 30% of Medicare spending and totals nearly $150 billion annually[2]. Cardiovascular disease is influenced by a long list of modifiable risk factors; smoking, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, low levels of physical activity, poor diet, and obesity[3]. Influencing one or more of these risk factors has the potential to greatly decrease the burden of cardiovascular disease. An initiative to reduce this burden, Million Hearts, aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.[4]. Additional information on the initiative is available at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/.

[1] Murphy SL, Xu J, Kochanek KD. Deaths: preliminary data for 2010. Natl Vital Stat Rep. 


[2] Trogdon, JG, EA Finkelstein, IA Nwaise, FK Tangka, and D Orenstein. "The Economic Burden of Chronic Cardiovascular Disease for Major Insurers." Health Promotion Practice. 8.3 (2007): 234-42. Print.

[3] Jackson, Rodney. "Guidelines on Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Clinical Practice." Bmj : British Medical Journal. 320.7236 (2000): 659. PrintBottom of Form

[4] Frieden, T. R., & Berwick, D. M. (2011). The “Million Hearts” Initiative — Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes. N Engl J Med, 365(13), e27. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1110421.



USA Cardiovascular Deaths (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of deaths due to all cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and strokes, per 100,000 population.

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State Changes
Over Time
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Alabama graph 49 339.0 View Actions
Alaska graph 6 225.3 View Actions
Arizona graph 5 218.3 View Actions
Arkansas graph 46 320.6 View Actions
California graph 24 262.0 View Actions
Colorado graph 4 217.0 View Actions
Connecticut graph 17 241.4 View Actions
Delaware graph 25 262.2 View Actions
Florida graph 8 231.4 View Actions
Georgia graph 40 292.1 View Actions
Hawaii graph 2 214.3 View Actions
Idaho graph 15 238.3 View Actions
Illinois graph 32 276.3 View Actions
Indiana graph 38 291.0 View Actions
Iowa graph 23 258.3 View Actions
Kansas graph 28 265.2 View Actions
Kentucky graph 43 311.5 View Actions
Louisiana graph 45 318.9 View Actions
Maine graph 20 242.1 View Actions
Maryland graph 35 281.8 View Actions
Massachusetts graph 9 232.7 View Actions
Michigan graph 42 306.5 View Actions
Minnesota graph 1 197.2 View Actions
Mississippi graph 50 366.4 View Actions
Missouri graph 41 301.9 View Actions
Montana graph 14 237.6 View Actions
Nebraska graph 18 241.6 View Actions
Nevada graph 36 283.8 View Actions
New Hampshire graph 11 235.2 View Actions
New Jersey graph 26 263.2 View Actions
New Mexico graph 7 229.8 View Actions
New York graph 37 289.6 View Actions
North Carolina graph 31 275.2 View Actions
North Dakota graph 16 240.1 View Actions
Ohio graph 39 291.8 View Actions
Oklahoma graph 48 336.1 View Actions
Oregon graph 12 235.6 View Actions
Pennsylvania graph 33 276.6 View Actions
Rhode Island graph 29 266.0 View Actions
South Carolina graph 34 279.2 View Actions
South Dakota graph 13 236.8 View Actions
Tennessee graph 44 315.7 View Actions
Texas graph 30 272.2 View Actions
Utah graph 3 215.2 View Actions
Vermont graph 10 235.1 View Actions
Virginia graph 27 264.9 View Actions
Washington graph 19 241.7 View Actions
West Virginia graph 47 321.2 View Actions
Wisconsin graph 21 250.5 View Actions
Wyoming graph 22 254.2 View Actions
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