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Leading Causes of Resident Deaths by Age Group and Gender

West Virginia, 1996

Table 31.12

Leading Causes of Death Eighty-Five Years and Over
Male Female Total
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Total Deaths, All Causes 1,543 100.0 3,277 100.0 4,820 100.0
Diseases of the Heart 591 38.3 1,436 43.8 2,027 42.1
Malignant Neoplasms 222 14.4 324 9.9 546 11.3
Cerebrovascular Disease 119 7.7 308 9.4 427 8.9
Pneumonia and Influenza 93 6.0 180 5.5 273 5.7
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Allied Conditions 91 5.9 94 2.9 185 3.8
Diabetes Mellitus 34 2.2 74 2.3 108 2.2
Atherosclerosis 19 1.2 71 2.2 90 1.9
Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, and Nephrosis 33 2.1 48 1.5 81 1.7
Unintentional Injuries, All Forms 32 2.1 45 1.4 77 1.6
Septicemia 25 1.6 47 1.4 72 1.5
Hypertension 8 0.5 35 1.1 43 0.9
All Other Causes (Residual) 276 17.9 615 18.8 891 18.5


West Virginia Bureau for Public Health
Health Statistics Center, 1998


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Last updated February 2, 1998.