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New Jersey Health Statistics 1996

MORTALITY
1996

TRENDS AND PATTERNS IN LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH

DISEASES OF THE HEART

Although heart disease remains the leading cause of deaths of New Jersey residents, accounting for 23,658 deaths in 1996, the number of deaths and the death rate from this cause have been declining for more than 20 years. The annual number of deaths from heart disease has fallen by 12.2 percent (or 3,288 deaths) in the past decade (Table M3). The percentage of resident deaths attributed to heart disease fell from 37.6 percent in 1987 to 32.4 percent in 1996 (Table M23 and CHS, 1998c). The decrease in heart disease death rates has affected virtually every age group during the past 10 years. The only age group with an increase in the death rate between 1987 and 1996 was 15 through 24 years and the number of heart disease deaths in this age group was small in both years.

TABLE M3. RESIDENT DEATHS AND DEATH RATES FROM
DISEASES OF THE HEART BY AGE GROUP
NEW JERSEY, 1987 AND 1996
AGE
GROUP
1996 1987 PERCENT
CHANGE IN
DEATH RATE
1987-1996
NUMBER
OF
DEATHS
DEATH
RATE*
NUMBER
OF
DEATHS
DEATH
RATE*
UNDER 5 11 1.9 29 5.5 -65.1
5-14 6 0.5 11 1.1 -51.6
15-24 34 3.5 31 2.7 30.5
25-44 392 15.4 564 22.9 -32.8
45-64 2,774 164.2 4,260 274.1 -40.1
65-84 12,371 1,261.1 14,812 1,646.2 -23.4
85 AND OVER 8,061 6,794.7 7,226 8,181.8 -17.0
NOT STATED 9 N/A 13 N/A N/A
TOTAL 23,658 129.5 26,946 180.2 -28.1
*DEATH RATES ARE COMPUTED PER 100,000 AGE-SPECIFIC POPULATION
RATES PRESENTED FOR THE TOTAL POPULATION ARE AGE-ADJUSTED


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