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Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Mortality - Charts

Date updated: 09/26/2012

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

*Age-Adjusted Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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What the above data tell us: In Colorado and Larimer County, the trend for heart disease mortality rates over the last decade has been downward.

Heart disease mortality rates in Colorado ranged from a low of 131.2 in 2011 to a high of 181.7 in 2002. In comparison, Larimer County's heart disease mortality rates ranged from a low of 122.0 in 2011 to a high of 182.8 in 2002. In 2009, the national heart disease mortality rate was 195.2 per 100,000 (National Vital Statistics Report, Deaths: Final Data for 2009 [pdf]).

Between 2004 and 2010, Larimer County surpassed the Healthy People 2010 heart disease mortality objective of 166 deaths per 100,000 population, and 2006 statistics show the most significant one-year drop in heart disease mortality rates to date.

After the objectives were updated with the release of Healthy People 2020, neither Colorado (131.2) nor Larimer County (122.0) met the new 2020 goal of 100.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

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

*Age-Adjusted Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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What the above data tell us: In Colorado, stroke mortality rates declined more than 37% between 2002 and 2011, and rates have been lower than the Healthy People 2010 objective of 48 deaths per 100,000 population between 2004 and 2010.

During the last decade, Larimer County's rates have fluctuated more widely and have been generally higher than the state's average. With smaller population sizes, caution should be used in ascribing causes to such fluctuations. Larimer County has met the Healthy People 2010 objective since 2003.

After the objectives were updated with the release of Healthy People 2020, neither Colorado (34.8) nor Larimer County (38.0) met the new 2020 goal of 33.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

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Definition:

Ischemic Stroke: An ischemic stroke is the sudden and permanent death of brain cells that occurs when the flow of blood to a part of the brain is blocked and oxygen cannot be delivered to the brain. Depending on the part of the brain that is affected, strokes can result in weakness or paralysis of the arms, legs, and/or facial muscles, loss of vision or speech, and difficulty walking.

Data Tables:

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

Year

Colorado

Larimer County

Healthy People 2010 Objective

Total Deaths

Rate

Total Deaths

Rate

2002

6,403

181.7

378

182.8

166.0

2003

6,483

179.8

359

167.9

166.0

2004

6,047

162.7

345

154.5

166.0

2005

6,282

164.5

349

150.1

166.0

2006

6,099

154.6

307

124.6

166.0

2007

6,073

149.8

335

129.2

166.0

2008

6,132

145.6

357

130.2

166.0

2009

6,083

137.6

364

126.4

166.0

2010

6,029

131.5

398

133.4

166.0

2011

6,207

131.2

371

122.0

100.8

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

Year

Colorado

Larimer County

Healthy People 2010 Objective

Total Deaths

Rate

Total Deaths

Rate

2002

1,907

55.4

120

59.2

48.0

2003

1,806

51.4

96

45.6

48.0

2004

1,633

44.9

100

46.1

48.0

2005

1,595

42.7

96

41.9

48.0

2006

1,525

39.7

99

40.9

48.0

2007

1,589

40.3

119

46.6

48.0

2008

1,531

37.3

115

42.9

48.0

2009

1,529

35.5

114

40.5

48.0

2010

1,605

35.7

119

40.1

48.0

2011

1,607

34.8

119

38.0

33.8

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