The most common cause of death is heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Germany

Around 850,000 deaths were recorded in Germany in 2011, with diseases of the cardiovascular system by far the most common cause of death, according to the latest press release from the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden. Overall, deaths have decreased slightly compared to the previous year (by 0.7 percent).

After cardiovascular diseases, cancer was the second leading cause of death in 2011, but diseases of the respiratory tract and digestive system also had a significant share of the total deaths. Almost four percent of deaths were due to a non-natural cause of death, such as poisoning or injury, the Federal Statistical Office reports.

40 percent of deaths from cardiovascular diseases The 852,328 deaths in 2011 were roughly evenly distributed between the male and female genders (47.8 percent men; 52.2 percent women) . Accordingly, significantly more women than men died of general circulatory diseases, while men in turn suffered a fatal heart attack more often and died an unnatural death significantly more often. Of the 342,233 people (40.2 percent of total deaths) who died of cardiovascular disease in 2011, 92 percent were over the age of 65, according to the Federal Statistical Office. According to current figures, 55,286 people suffered a fatal heart attack. Although cardiovascular diseases continue to be the leading cause of death in Germany, their total number has decreased by 0.9 percent compared to the previous year. Cardiovascular diseases are generally associated with unhealthy lifestyle or lack of exercise, high-fat / sugar-rich diet and obesity. Their decline could also indicate a healthier lifestyle for the population.

Cancer The second leading cause of death Cancer has taken a steadily growing share of total deaths in the past decades. In 2011, they were the second leading cause of death with 221,591 victims, which corresponds to a share of 26 percent of the total deaths. 119,755 men and 101,836 women succumbed to cancer in 2011. Males were mainly affected by malignant tumors in the digestive organs and the respiratory tract, while breast cancer was the most common individual diagnosis in women. However, women also often died from the consequences of malignant tumors of the digestive organs. Overall, the share of cancer deaths in total deaths rose slightly according to the figures from the Federal Statistical Office last year.

Unnatural causes of death more common in men
Of the 32,988 unnatural deaths, 31 percent were officially suicidal. 10,144 people committed suicide in 2011, with the proportion of men at 75.4 percent being around three times as high as the proportion of women (24.6 percent), reports the Federal Statistical Office. Falls were also a significant proportion (29.5 percent) of unnatural deaths. Here, however, women were affected slightly more often than men. The total number of fatal falls has risen in recent years by a worrying 35.8 percent (+ 2,562 deaths) to a total of 9,722, according to the Federal Statistical Office. The unnatural cause of death also includes transportation accidents, which however only make up 13 percent of deaths in this area. Here men were affected much more often than women (74.2 percent men; 25.8 percent women). (fp)

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