Death from Heart Disease

Death from Heart Disease

What does this measure?

The number of deaths per year due to heart disease, expressed as an age-adjusted rate per 100,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and Pennsylvania. Mortality rates for specific causes of death can show to what extent a community is embracing and implementing advances in prevention, care, and treatment of specific ailments.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, there were 170 deaths from heart disease per 100,000 people in Erie County. This was lower than the state rate (176), but higher than the U.S. rate (166). Since 2000, Erie's rate of heart disease decreased by 37%, similar to declines at the state and national levels (35% and 36%, respectively).

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2016, the mortality rate for heart disease in Erie County was similar to Broome County, NY, and lower than Luzerne County, PA (192) and Stark County, OH (179). The decline in Erie's rate since 2000 was a bit smaller than the decreases in Broome (41%) and Luzerne (42%), and larger than the decrease in Stark (27%).

Notes about the data

Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies. National data are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; state- and county-level data are from state health departments.

Death from Heart Disease
United States258250245236222217206196192183179174171170167169166
Erie County, PA271248231234233222196195213202187203197188179180170
Broome County, NY290257219227217222232206223208190195189209173181171
Stark County, OH245259238244218215206193190158172187179161158178179
Luzerne County, PA334323302297285257241237237230222219196223196202192

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rates per 100,000 residents

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing