Leading Causes of Death in Females United States, 2008
Below are the leading causes of death in females for 2008.
*Percent of total deaths in the race category due to the disease indicated. The white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander race groups include persons of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
Short and Full Terms
Some terms in the leading causes of death tables have been shortened from those used in the National Vital Statistics Report. Below is a listing of the shortened terms used in the tables and their full, unabridged equivalents used in the report.
|Short Terms||Full Terms|
|Aortic aneurism||Aortic aneurism and dissection|
|Appendix disease||Diseases of appendix|
|Benign neoplasms||In situ neoplasms and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior|
|Birth defects||Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities|
|Bronchitis||Acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis|
|C. difficile infection||Entercolitis due to clostridium|
|Chronic liver disease||Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis|
|Chronic lower respiratory diseases||Includes bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease|
|Gallbladder disorders||Cholethiasis and other disorders of gallbladder|
|Heart disease||Diseases of the heart|
|HIV disease||Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease|
|Hypertension||Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease|
|Kidney disease||Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis|
|Kidney infection||Infections of kidney|
|Legal intervention*||Physical or other force used by police or other law-enforcing agents, including military on duty, in the course of arresting or attempting to arrest lawbreakers, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, and other legal action. Includes legal execution and excludes citizen arrest.|
|Pelvic Inflammatory diseases||Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs|
|Perinatal conditions||Certain conditions orginating in the perinatal period|
|Pneumonitis||Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids|
|Pregnancy complications||Pregnancy, childbirth and the peurperium|
|Unintentional injuries||Accidents (unintentional injuries)|
*World Health Organization. International statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Geneva: World Health Organization, 1992. Available at http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/. Accessed April 15, 2010.
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