Leading Causes of Death

Table 1: Leading Causes of Death for American Indian Elders Aged 65 Years and Over: 1992-1994

 

Rate per 100,000
Cause
Actual
Adjusted
Proportional Mortality
Total # Deaths

Diseases of the Heart

1,327.3

1,538.5

31.1%

2,967

Malignant Neoplasms

824.1

931.0

19.3%

1,842

Cerebrovascular Diseases

294.4

325.2

6.9%

658

Diabetes Mellitus

272.9

312.3

6.4%

610

Pneumonia and Influenza

248.7

264.8

5.8%

556

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

184.8

203.1

4.3%

413

Accidental Injuries

133.3

141.4

3.1%

298

Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome & Nephrosis

92.2

100.7

2.2%

206

Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis

68.9

74.7

1.6%

154

Septicemia

54.6

58.2

1.3%

122

All Other Causes

N/A

N/A

18.0%

1,717

Source:  Indian Health Service, Trends in Indian Health. Rockville, MD:  Author. 1997. in John, R. “Aging Among American Indians:  Income Security, Health, and Social Support Networks”, Full-Color Aging. Miles,T. ed. Washington, DC:  Gerontological Society of America. 1999. p. 74.