Heart disease and stroke death rates increase in first quarter of 2015

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For the first quarter of 2015, the death rates for heart disease and stroke increased slightly compared with the same time period last year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

For heart disease, the provisional crude death rate was 207.8 deaths per 100,000 population in the first three months of 2014 and 215.5 deaths per 100,000 population in the first three months of 2015. The age-adjusted death rates increased from 180.9 to 184.5 per 100,000 population.

For stroke, the provisional crude death rate was 43.6 deaths per 100,000 population in the first three months of 2014 and 47.1 deaths per 100,000 population in the first three months of 2014. The age-adjusted death rates increased from 38.3 to 40.6 per 100,000 population.

In 2014, the crude and age-adjusted heart disease death rates decreased slightly from 2013. Meanwhile, the crude stroke death rate increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, while the age-adjusted stroke death rate remained similar.

The CDC noted the death rates for 2014 and 2015 were estimates and based on provisional data, while the death rates for 2013 were based on final data.