Somerset County Public Health Profile Report
Deaths due to Heart Disease: Deaths per 100,000 Standardized Population, 2016
Somerset131.4 95% Confidence Interval(119.1 - 143.7)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Somerset Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Heart disease affects every segment of the population. It is the leading cause of death among all Americans, all New Jerseyans, men, and women. It is also the leading cause of death among Whites and Blacks and the second leading cause of death among Hispanics and Asians.
How Are We Doing?The age-adjusted death rate due to heart disease has been steadily declining for many years. In New Jersey, over 18,000 deaths each year are due to heart disease. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have a higher death rate than females. The age-adjusted death rate due to heart disease is highest among Black males in New Jersey, but the rate among White males is only slightly lower. County rates range from a low of 130 deaths per 100,000 residents (age-adjusted) in Hunterdon to a high of 230 in Salem.
What Is Being Done?The NJDOH [http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/chronic/heart-disease-stroke/ Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention] (NJHDSP) Program works in partnership with public and private sector groups and organizations from health care, work site, and community settings to affect policy and systems level change. The NJHDSP Program strives to address all points of opportunity, from prevention of heart disease and stroke in healthy persons to controlling risk factors, treatment of illness and prevention of recurrence in those who have had an event, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, long-term, and end-of-life care. The Office of [http://www.nj.gov/health/healthcarequality/health-care-professionals/cardiac-stroke-services/ Health Care Quality Assessment] collects and publishes data on all patients who undergo cardiac catherization and open heart surgery in New Jersey.
Health Care System Factors:
Health Status Outcomes:
Data SourcesDeath Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html]
Measure Description for Deaths due to Heart Disease
Definition: Deaths with heart disease as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51
Numerator: Number of deaths due to heart disease
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population