3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM (I00-I99)

Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99) were identified as the underlying cause of 43,946 registered deaths in 2012. This accounted for 29.9% of all registered deaths. The median age at death for diseases of the circulatory system was 85.4 years, higher than the median age for all deaths (81.7 years).

Female deaths represented 52.3% (22,993) 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 who died from these diseases had a higher median age at death (87.8 years) than males (82.1 years) who died from the same cause.

Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25) which includes angina, heart attacks and blocked arteries of the heart, represented a substantial proportion (45.6%) of deaths attributable to diseases of the circulatory system, accounting for 20,046 deaths. Males accounted for 54.4% (10,907) of deaths and females accounted for 45.6% (9,139).

Deaths from Cerebrovascular disease (I60-I69) numbered 10,779 in 2012 or 24.5% of all diseases of the circulatory system. The median age at death for females (87.4 years) was higher than males (83.4 years).

Ischaemic heart diseases and Cerebrovascular disease combined contributed to 70.1% of deaths due to diseases of the circulatory system.