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Deaths due to cardiovascular disease

The total number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease read 17.3 million a year according to the WHO causes of death 2008 summary tables.

Click on the different heart diseases below to view the number of deaths in each region per type of disease.


*Inflammatory heart disease includes myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis and cardiomyopathy.

Source: WHO causes of death 2008 summary tables

Mortality estimates are based on analysis of latest available national information on levels of mortality and cause distributions as at the end of 2010 together with latest available information from WHO programs, IARC and UNAIDS for specific causes of public health importance. Data, methods and cause categories are described in an accompanying text document available on the WHO website.

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