Mortality from diseases of the circulatory system decreased further in 2019
Most Finns died of diseases of the circulatory system in 2019. Their share of causes of death has, however, decreased over the past ten years from 41 to 34 per cent.
Over the past ten years, mortality from diseases of the circulatory system relative to the size of the population and the standardised age structure has decreased by 30 per cent among men and by 32 per cent among women. In 2019, the age-standardised mortality contracted further both for women (-5%) and men (-6%) compared to the previous year.
Persons dying of ischaemic heart disease ever older
The most common disease of the circulatory system leading to death is ischaemic heart disease. It is still a significant cause of death even though mortality from it has decreased. In 2019, ischaemic heart disease caused nearly every fifth death among men and nearly every seventh death for women. A total of 8,600 persons died of ischaemic heart disease.