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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by Selected ICD-10 Chapters >> Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99)


Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99) were identified as the underlying cause of 45,499 registered deaths in 2010. This accounted for 31.7% of all registered deaths. The median age at death for diseases of the circulatory system was 85.0 years, higher than the median age for all deaths (81.2 years).

Female deaths represented 52.5% (23,885) of deaths due to diseases of the circulatory system. The past ten years has seen a consistent pattern of more female than male deaths from these underlying causes. Females dying from these diseases had a higher median age at death (87.5 years) than males (81.7 years) dying from the same cause.

Ischaemic heart diseases and Cerobrovascular disease combined contributed to 72.3% of deaths due to diseases of the circulatory system.

Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25) which includes angina, heart attacks and blocked arteries of the heart, represented a substantial proportion (47.7%) of deaths attributable to diseases of the circulatory system, accounting for 21,708 deaths. Males accounted for 53.9% (11,704) of deaths and females accounted for 46.1% (10,004).

Deaths from Cerebrovascular disease (I60-I69) numbered 11,204 in 2010 or 24.6% of all diseases of the circulatory system. The median age at death for females (87.4 years) was higher than males (83.0 years).

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