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Heart Disease (Women)

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to death rates from heart disease among women in the past ten years. [111757]

I have been asked to reply.The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Chris Grayling dated 14 May 2003.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the changes in death rates from heart disease in women in the past 10 years. (111757)
The most recent available mortality data are for the calendar year 2001. Figures for coronary heart disease (also known as ischaemic heart disease) and for other types of heart disease are shown in the attached table for each year from 1992 to 2001.

Age standardised mortality rates1 per 100,000 female population from heart disease2 in females3, England and Wales, 1992 to 20014

Calendar year

Coronary heart disease

Other types of heart disease

Coronary heart disease and other types of heart disease


1 The rates have been standardised using the European standard population.

2 The cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (1CD-9) codes for the years 1992 to 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (1CD-10) codes for 2001. The codes used are listed: Coronary heart disease—1CD-9 410–414; 1CD-10 120–125; Other types of heart disease—ICD-9 390–398, 402, 404, 420–429; 1CD-10 100–102, 105–109, 111, 113, 130–152. Figures quoted exclude pulmonary heart disease (1CD-9 415–417; JCD- 10126–128).

3 The data refer to females of all ages.

4 Figures for 1992 are based on deaths registered in that calendar year and for 1993 to 2001 on deaths occurring in each calendar year.

5 The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 means that data for heart disease in this year are not completely comparable with data for earlier years. The data should therefore be interpreted with caution. For coronary heart disease the effect of the change in classification in 2001 is described in a report published in May 20026.

6 Source:

Office for National Statistics. Results of the 1CD-10 bridge coding study, England and Wales, 1999. Health Statistics Quarterly 14 (2002), 75–83.