Mortality Rate from Heart Disease
What does this measure?
The number of deaths per year due to heart disease, expressed as an age-adjusted rate per 10,000 residents.
Why is this important?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause in Massachusetts. Mortality rates for specific causes of death can show to what extent a community is embracing advances in prevention, care, and treatment of specific ailments.
How is our county doing?
In 2014, Essex County had 14 deaths due to heart disease for every 10,000 residents. This was the same as the state rate and lower than the national rate of 17 per 10,000. Rates in Essex County and the state have declined 37% since 2000, and the national decline was similar at 35% over the same time period.
How do we compare to similar counties?
The rate of heart disease deaths in Essex County in 2014 was similar to Westchester, NY and Lake, IL (14 and 13 per 10,000, respectively), and slightly higher than Middlesex, MA (12 per 10,000). All areas had greater declines in their rates than Essex County from 2000-14, with Westchester declining the most (45%), followed by Middlesex (42%), and Lake (40%).
Notes about the data
Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.