Rheumatic Heart Disease Statistics
Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease killed 3,248 people in the United States in 2004.
2004 mortality: male deaths — 1,022 (31.5 percent of total deaths from rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease); female deaths — 2,226 (69.6 percent).
Modern antibiotic therapy has sharply reduced mortality. In 1950, about 15,000 people in the United States died of these diseases.
From 1994 to 2004 the death rate from rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease fell 50.0 percent. Actual deaths declined 40 percent (preliminary).
In 2004 the death rates per 100,000 population for white males were 0.9, for black males 0.6, for white females 1.3 and for black females 1.0. See also:Angioplasty and Cardiac Revascularization Treatments and StatisticsCardiac Disease in Children StatisticsCardiovascular Disease StatisticsCholesterol StatisticsCongenital Cardiovascular Disease StatisticsDiabetes MellitusHeart Attack and Angina StatisticsStroke StatisticsWomen