HEART DISEASE: Deaths Rates Among Women High in Several Counties
A new mortality statistics report identifies 12 California counties as having the highest death-rate range of fatal heart disease among women, the Orange County Register reports. According to "Women and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality," 387 to 427 heart disease deaths occur per 100,000 women in the following counties: Los Angeles, Kern, Inyo, San Bernadino, Ventura, Monterey, Kings, Tulare, Modoc, Lassen, Orange and Sierra. Compiled by the CDC and West Virginia University, the report also revealed that minorities, especially Latinas and Asian women, are particularly at risk for premature death from heart disease. Nationally, heart disease has become the number one killer of women. California counties boasting the lowest death-rate range, with 306 to 327 deaths per 100,000 women, included San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Alpine, Yuba, Glenn, Colusa, Lake, Napa, Sonoma and Marin (Garlington, 2/16). See story #11 for the national results.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.