DefinitionDeaths with heart disease as the underlying cause of death.
ICD-10 codes: I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51
NumeratorNumber of deaths due to heart disease
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
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.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Since 2002, the New Jersey age-adjusted death rate due to heart disease has been about the same as the nationwide rate.
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.