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World Mortality and Cardiovascular Disease

Causes of death in the world


Listed below are the most up to date numbers from WHO regarding the main causes of death in the world. Those directly related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) are highlighted. For source and detailed information by country, please visit World Life Expectancy.




Rank

Cause of death

Deaths

1

Coronary Heart Disease

7,356,061

2

Stroke

6,670,934

3

Lung Disease

3,104,330

4

Influenza and Pneumonia

3,051,988

5

Lung Cancers

1,599,557

6

HIV/AIDS

1,533,760

7

Diarrhoeal diseases

1,497,724

8

Diabetes Mellitus

1,497,371

9

Road Traffic Accidents

1,254,526

10

Hypertension

1,141,205

11

Low Birth Weight

1,134,954

12

Liver Disease

1,020,891

13

Tuberculosis

934,879

14

Other Injuries

932,484

15

Kidney Disease

864,226

16

Suicide

803,900

17

Birth Trauma

743,908

18

Liver Cancer

740,373

19

Stomach Cancer

733,499

20

Colon-Rectum Cancers

723,913

21

Alzheimers/Dementia

700,834

22

Falls

693,131

23

Malaria

618,248

24

Congenital Anomalies

556,327

25

Breast Cancer

536,521

26

Violence

504,587

27

Inflammatory/Heart

472,290

28

Malnutrition

456,508

29

Endocrine Disorders

410,518

30

Oesophagus Cancer

405,803

31

Meningitis

395,230

32

Asthma

386,318

33

Drownings

372,442

34

Rheumatic Heart Disease

337,335

35

Pancreas Cancer

331,918

36

Prostate Cancer

321,728

37

Lymphomas

312,302

38

Oral Cancer

298,027

39

Maternal Conditions

296,002

40

Leukemia

276,097

41

Fires

267,889

42

Cervical Cancer

264,225

43

Peptic Ulcer Disease

262,911

44

Epilepsy

204,825

45

Poisonings

193,460

46

Other Neoplasms

193,025

47

Bladder Cancer

172,813

48

Ovary Cancer

151,039

49

Hepatitis B

149,164

50

Measles

130,461

51

War

119,463

52

Parkinson's Disease

119,282

53

Skin Disease

111,178

54

Alcohol

107,261

55

Skin Cancers

94,973

56

Drug Use

93,255

57

Anemia

90,160

58

Syphilis

78,911

59

Uterin Cancer

78,670

60

Encephalitis

77,869

61

Pertussis

67,059

62

Tetanus

66,129

63

Rheumatoid Arthritis

66,008

64

Leishmaniasis

48,404

65

Appendicitis

39,551

66

Hepatitis C

38,914

67

Dengue

28,755

68

Schistosomiasis

21,797

69

Schizophrenia

21,102

70

Multiple Sclerosis

19,051

71

Trypanosomiasis

17,971

72

Chagas disease

7,806

73

Leprosy

7,790

74

Upper Respiratory

6,038

75

Prostatic Hypertrophy

5,870

76

Depression

4,320

77

Osteoarthritis

4,149

78

Ascariasis

3,302

79

Iodine Deficiency

3,246

80

Otitis Media

2,810

81

Diphtheria

2,615

82

Oral conditions

1,570

83

Chlamydia

1,076

84

Vitamin A Deficiency

121

85

Hookworm Disease

2

86

Trichuriasis

0


Heart disease vs cancer: 1950-2014


The two charts below show the trends of heart disease and cancer mortality in the United States, compared to total population. Since 1950, the relative mortality is steadily decreasing. Thanks to research, better treatments and diagnosis are available to fight heart disease. Education towards healthier lifestyles has greatly contributed to reduce heart disease too. Much has been achieved, but there is still room for improvement.


Data SOURCE: NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. 

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