Heart disease top killer in Malaysia

The Statistics Department says heart disease claimed the most number of medically certified deaths in Malaysia last year, followed by pneumonia and cerebrovascular diseases.

PETALING JAYA: Heart disease remains the top cause of death in Malaysia, with 16,325 victims making up 15% of medically certified deaths in 2019, according to the Statistics Department.

Chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin said there were 173,746 deaths recorded in 2019, of which 109,164 were medically certified deaths and 64,582 were not.

In a statement, he said 69.4% of deaths from ischaemic heart disease comprised males while 31.6% were females. He said this was the principal cause of death for Bumiputeras (14.5%), Chinese (14%) and Indians (20.4%).

“Globally, ischaemic heart disease was also recorded as the principal causes of death for developed countries such as Australia (11.1%) and the US (23.1%).

Chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin.

“Unhealthy lifestyles and diets are among the factors contributing to death caused by ischaemic heart disease today,” he said.

Uzir said heart disease was the main cause of death in 78 out of 160 administrative districts, with the highest percentage recorded in Sik, Kedah, at 27.1%.

“Ischaemic heart disease was the principal cause of death for the age groups 41 to 59 years (18%) and 60 years and over (16%),” he said.

The second-highest cause of death in Malaysia was pneumonia, accounting for 12.2% of deaths, followed by cerebrovascular diseases (8%), transport accidents (3.8%) and malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung (2.4%).

“Apart from the five principal causes of death, statistics also showed that deaths caused by cancer have increased since 2000,” Uzir said.

Meanwhile, transport accidents were the main causes of death for children aged up to 14 years (3.3%) and those between 15 and 40 years.

Source : https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/11/26/heart-disease-top-killer-in-malaysia-involving-69-males/