Introduction: Death


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Death: Death comes to us all at a rate a little less than 1% per year in the USA (0.877% or 1-in-114). However, annual mortality rates vary with age and generally increase with age after the first year: infant (<1 year) 0.706% or 1-in-141 (highest in the first 28 days, down to 0.188% or 1-in-531 after that), age 1-4 years 0.034% (1 in 2,941), 5-9 years 0.017% (1 in 5,882), 10-14 years 0.021% (1 in 4,761), 15-19 years 0.069% (1 in 1,449), 20-24 years 0.093% (1 in 1,075), 25-34 years 0.108% (1 in 925), 35-44 years 0.199% (1 in 502), 45-54 years 0.427% (1 in 234), 55-64 years 1.021% (1 in 97), 65-74 years 2.484% (1 in 40), 75-84 years 5.751% (1 in 17), and 85+ years %15.475% (1 in 6) [CDC NVSR 2001].

Causes of death vary with age also. The overall top ten causes of death in the USA in 1999 were heart disease (30.3% of deaths), cancer (23.0%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (7.0%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (5.2%), accidents (4.1%), diabetes (2.9%), Alzheimer's (1.9%), kidney diseases (1.5%), septicemia (1.3%), with all other causes at 20.2% of deaths. [CDC NVSR 2001].

For infants aged less than 1 year, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: congenital defects including chromosome conditions (19.6%), disorders related to prematurity and low birth weight (15.7%), SIDS (9.5%), maternal pregnancy complications affecting newborn (5.0%), respiratory distress syndrome of newborn (4.0%), complications of placenta affecting newborn (3.7%), accidents (3.0%), bacterial sepsis of newborn (2.5%), circulatory system diseases (2.4%), atelectasis (2.3%), and other causes (32.4%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For neonatal infants aged less than 28 days, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: disorders related to prematurity and low birth weight (23.1%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (20.8%), maternal pregnancy complications affecting newborn (7.4%), respiratory distress syndrome of newborn (5.6%), complications of placenta affecting newborn (5.4%), bacterial sepsis of newborn (3.5%), atelectasis (3.4%), in-uterus hypoxia and birth asphyxia (3.1%), neonatal hemorrhage (2.6%), necrotizing enterocolitis of newborn (1.9%) and other causes (23.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For non-neonate infants aged less than 1 year but older than 28 days, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: SIDS (26.5%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (19.4%), accidents (8.1%), circulatory system diseases (4.5%), septicemia (2.8%), homicide (2.8%), chronic respiratory disease from perinatal period (2.7%), digestive conditions including gastritis, duodenitis, non-infectious enteritis, and colitis (2.2%), meningitis (0.9%), and other causes (27.4%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For age 1-4 years the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: accidents (36.2%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (10.5%), cancer (8.0%), homicide (7.2%), heart disease (3.5%), influenza and pneumonia (2.5%), perinatal conditions (1.8%), septicemia (1.7%), non-malignant cancers (1.2%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (1.0%), and other causes (26.7%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 5-9 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: accidents (42.0%), cancer (14.7%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (6.0%), homicide (5.4%), heart disease (3.3%), non-malignant cancers (1.8%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (1.4%), septicemia (1.4%), influenza and pneumonia (1.3%), HIV (1.1%), and other causes (21.7%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 10-14 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: accidents (39.6%), cancer (12.2%), homicide (6.0%), suicide (5.9%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (5.4%), heart disease (3.9%), chronic lower respiratory disease (2.2%), influenza and pneumonia (1.1%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (0.9%), non-malignant cancers (0.9%), and other causes (21.9%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 15-19 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: accidents (48.5% of deaths), homicide (15.2%), suicide (11.7%), cancer (5.4%), heart diseases (3.4%), congenital conditions including chromosome conditions (1.6%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (0.8%), influenza and pneumonia (0.5%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (0.5%), non-malignant cancers (0.4%), and other causes (12.0%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 20-24 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: accidents (41.3%), homicide (17.2%), suicide (13.5%), cancer (5.8%), heart disease (3.6%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (1.3%), HIV (1.0%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (0.7%), influenza and pneumonia (0.6%), diabetes (0.6%), and other causes (14.4%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 25-34 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: accidents (29.0%), suicide (12.4%), homicide (10.3%), cancer (9.8%), heart disease (7.5%), HIV (6.6%), diabetes (1.4%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (1.4%), congenital defects including chromosome conditions (1.1%), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (1.0%), and other causes (19.5%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 35-44 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: cancer (18.7%), accidents (17.1%), heart disease (15.2%), suicide (7.2%), HIV (7.0%), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (3.7%), homicide (3.6%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (2.9%), diabetes (2.2%), influenza and pneumonia (1.2%), and other causes (21.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 45-54 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: cancer (30.5%), heart disease (22.9%), accidents (7.6%), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (4.2%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (3.6%), suicide (3.3%), diabetes (3.1%), HIV (2.6%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (2.0%), influenza and pneumonia (1.1%), and other causes (19.1%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 55-64 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: cancer (37.3%), heart disease (26.9%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (4.7%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (4.0%), diabetes (3.8%), accidents (3.0%), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (2.4%), suicide (1.2%), kidney diseases (1.2%), septicemia (1.1%), and other causes (14.4%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 65 and over years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: heart disease (33.8%), cancer (21.7%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (8.3%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (6.0%), influenza and pneumonia (3.2%), diabetes (2.9%), accidents (1.8%), kidney diseases (1.7%), septicemia (1.4%), and other causes (16.9%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 65-74 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: cancer (33.7%), heart disease (28.6%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (7.2%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (5.3%), diabetes (3.7%), accidents (1.8%), influenza and pneumonia (1.5), kidney diseases (1.5%), septicemia (1.3%), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (1.2%), and other causes (14.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 75-84 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: heart disease (32.4%), cancer (23.3%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (8.2%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (7.0%), diabetes (3.1%), influenza and pneumonia (2.7%), Alzheimer's (2.3%), accidents (1.8%), kidney diseases (1.7%), septicemia (1.4%), and other causes (16.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

For ages 85 and over years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were: heart disease (39.0%), cancer (11.6%), cerebrovascular diseases including stroke (10.4%), influenza and pneumonia (4.8%), chronic lower respiratory diseases (4.2%), Alzheimer's (3.9) diabetes (2.0%), accidents (1.8%), kidney diseases (1.7%), septicemia (1.4%) and other causes (19.2%) [CDC NVSR 2001].

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