DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM (I00-I99)
Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99), were identified as the underlying cause of 46,106 registered deaths in 2009. This accounted for 32.8% of all registered deaths. The median age at death for diseases of the circulatory system was 84.7 years, higher than the median age for all deaths (80.8 years).
Female deaths represented 52.4% (24,171) of deaths due to these diseases. 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 (87.2 years) than males (81.3 years) dying from the same cause.
Ischaemic heart diseases and strokes combined contributed to 73.2% 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 (48.9%) of deaths attributable to diseases of the circulatory system, accounting for 22,523 deaths. Males accounted for 53.5% (12,047) of deaths due to ischaemic heart diseases and females accounted for 46.5% (10,476).
Heart attack (I21) represented 10,335 deaths, which was almost half (45.9%) of all deaths due to ischaemic heart diseases, 22.4% of all diseases of the circulatory system, and a total of 7.3% of all causes. There was a small difference in the number of male and female deaths due to this cause with 5,194 and 5,141 deaths respectively. The median age at death for females from heart attack as their underlying cause of death was 87.3 years while for males the median age was lower at 80.9 years.
Deaths from Stroke (I60-I69) numbered 11,220 in 2009 or 24.3% of all diseases of the heart and blood vessels. The median age at death for females (87.3 years) was higher than males (82.7 years).