Index: Health / Subcategory: Physical Health

Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke Mortality

Date Updated: 09/26/2012

Cardiovascular disease refers to diseases that involve the heart and/or the blood vessels. Mortality refers to the number or rate of deaths that occur in a population. Mortality data below are presented in crude and age-adjusted rates (depending on the population in question). Heart disease and stroke (cerebrovascular disease), the principal causes of cardiovascular mortality, are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States, respectively.

What this chart shows: Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate (per 100,000) in Colorado & Larimer County, 2002-2011

*Age-Adjusted Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Mortality rates for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Colorado and Larimer County have generally declined over the last decade. Larimer County's CVD mortality rate has been slightly lower than the Colorado average, with the exception of 2010. Colorado typically attracts people with healthy, active lifestyles and has consistently been ranked as the leanest state in the nation.

What this chart shows: Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate (per 100,000) by Gender in Larimer County, 2002-2011

*Age-Adjusted Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

From 2002 through 2011, death rates from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) averaged 25% higher for males than females in Larimer County. Typically males also have significantly higher death rates from CVD nationally (Deaths: Final Data for 2009 [pdf]). This may be attributed to a disproportionately smaller number of males who survive to old age. Male gender is considered a risk factor for both coronary heart disease and stroke.

While males have higher death rates per 100,000, a higher number of females die annually of cardiovascular disease. This appears to be related to the longer life expectancy of females. In 2009, the national life expectancy [pdf] was 80.9 years for females and 76.0 years for males. Older age is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

What this chart shows: Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate (per 100,000) by Age Group in Larimer County, 2011

*Crude Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease increases dramatically with age. In 2011, 8 Larimer County residents in the 35 to 44 year old age group died, compared to 397 who were over 75 years of age. Of those who died from heart disease in Larimer County in 2011, 88% were 65 or older. Advanced age is a risk factor for both coronary heart disease and stroke.

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Definitions:

Crude death and age-adjusted rates: Crude death rates are calculated by dividing the number of deaths from a specific disease by the number of people in the population. Crude death rates are utilized when populations have a similar age distribution. If the distribution is not similar, age-adjusted rates are utilized to account for differences in the age composition of the populations.

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Data Tables:

Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate (per 100,000) -
Larimer County & Colorado
(Age-Adjusted Rates)

Year

Colorado

Larimer County

Total Deaths

Rate

Total Deaths

Rate

2002

9,325 266.8 540 262.5

2003

9,228 258.2 489 229.2

2004

8,652 234.8 497 224.7

2005

8,845 233.3 496 214.4

2006

8,482 217.0 451 184.8

2007

8,411 209.2 510 198.1

2008

8,363 200.0 512 187.8

2009

8,253 188.1 517 180.8

2010

8,283 181.6 566 189.8

2011

8,493 180.6 531 173.3

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Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate (per 100,000) by Gender -
Larimer County (Age-Adjusted Rates)

Year

Male

Female

Total Deaths

Rate

Total Deaths

Rate

2002

253

316.1

287

225.8

2003

225

271.6

264

198.1

2004

224

253.0

273

201.1

2005

236

267.6

260

178.2

2006

204

212.2

247

162.1

2007

245

242.9

265

166.0

2008

220

205.1

292

173.2

2009

235

205.7

282

160.6

2010

254

209.3

312

170.9

2011

232

186.7

299

160.8

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Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate (per 100,000) by Age Group -
Larimer County, 2011 (Crude Rates)

Age Group

Total Deaths

Rate

35 to 44

8

21.4

45 to 54

16

38.4

55 to 64

42

107.3

65 to 74

64

301.7

75 to 84

128

1,152.8

85 +

269

5,322.0

See chart