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Vital Statistics

Introduction to 2002 Detailed Mortality Statistics

This report contains tables showing deaths of residents classified by cause, age, race, and sex. The report is prepared for the state and counties in North Carolina. This report supplements two annual publications, North Carolina Vital Statistics, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

In the present report, deaths are allocated to the place of residence of the deceased, not where the death occurred. The counts of deaths for each cause are shown for race, sex, and ages. Race categories are white (W) and minority (M); minority is predominately black (90 percent) in North Carolina.

Four age categories are shown for infant deaths: less than one day; less than one week; less than 28 days; and less than one year of age. These age categories are cumulative - a death occurring during the first day of life is counted again in the three subsequent age categories. For deaths occurring at one year of age or older, counts are grouped into 5- or 10-year age intervals (age in completed years of life).

The cause of death is the underlying cause classified in the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Counts of deaths are displayed for the detailed list of causes. If there were no deaths in a particular category, the name is not printed. Complete descriptions of the cause categories are provided in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases manual.

In the tables of this report, the cause of death categories range from the general to the specific. The 4-digit category is the most specific classification. A 3-digit category is the sum of 4-digit categories having the same first three digits. There are groups of 3-digit codes with similar attributes. The classification is arranged in 20 major sections.

The following example illustrates the four levels of the cause of death order as arranged in this report:

Level ICD Code Category
Section I00-I99 IX. Diseases of the Circulatory System
Group I10-I15 Hypertensive Diseases
3-Digits I11 Hypertensive Heart Disease
4-Digits I11.0 -- with (congestive) heart failure
I11.9 -- without (congestive) heart failure