Table 2-2. Continued

Rank§Death Rate% Change? 1996–2006Rank§Death Rate% Change? 1996–2006Rank§Death Rate% Change? 1996–2006
*CVD is defined here as ICD-10 I00–I99.
†CHD is defined here as ICD-10 I20–I25.
‡Stroke is defined here as ICD-10 I60–I69.
§Rank is lowest to highest.
?Percent change is based on log-linear slope of rates for each year, 1996–2006. For stroke, the death rates in 1996–1998 were comparability modified with the ICD-10 to ICD-9 comparability ratio of 1.0502.
¶Percent changes for Puerto Rico are for 1996–1998 (averaged) to 2006 and are not based on a log-linear slope.
Source: NCHS compressed mortality file 1979–2006. Data provided by personal communication with NHLBI.
The AHRQ has released state-level data for heart disease for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data are taken from the Congressionally mandated National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), available at In addition, the Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook of the NCHS has state-related data for women available at Also, at, Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk (MMSA) data are available for 500 such areas nationwide. BRFSS data are also collected within each state ( The CDC has the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which provides mortality rates down to the county level, by gender and ethnicity, available at The 2008 Atlas of Stroke Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries (CDC, 2008) is a new resource that provides data down to the county level, by sex and race (available at
West Virginia47309.2?27.446158.7?35.83547.6?21.7
Total United States262.5?29.5135.0?35.943.6?32.7