Ischemic During 1995, Heart ischemic Disease heart — Continued disease (IHD) caused 21 % of all deaths and 65 % of deaths attributed to heart disease (1). Few reports comparing IHD mortality between blacks and whites have presented age-specific rates (2,3), and none have compared trends over time. This report examines the trend in age-specific IHD death rates for blacks and whites from 1981 through 1995 (the latest year for which data are available) and indicates that, in the younger age groups (35–64 years), blacks have a higher risk for IHD death than whites. Average annual age-adjusted and age-specific IHD death rates for persons aged ≥35 years during 1981–1985, 1986–1990, and 1991–1995 were calculated from mortality data compiled by CDC and population data compiled by the Bureau of the Census. For each of the rate calculations, the numerator was the average annual number of deaths during the period and the denominator was the average of the five mid-year population estimates during the period. IHD deaths were defined as deaths for which the underlying cause was listed as codes 410.0–414.9 of the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). The cause of death is reported by attendin
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