"Heart disease is the second leading cause of death for men and women in North Carolina. The risk for heart disease increases
as a person ages. In addition to behavioral risk factors, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are
other known risk factors for heart disease." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better
State of Health.
Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rate North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012
Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates
were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.
The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.
Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics
NCHS Bridged Population Estimates