TEHRAN – Cardiac arrest was the leading cause of death in population of the Iranian capital during the last Iranian year 1395 (starting March 21, 2016) claiming lives of 5,330 people, Director of Tehran-based Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, Akbar Tavakoli, told ISNA Monday.
The male-to-female mortality ratio was 2,835 to 2,443 excluding 52 infants.
According to Tavakoli, metropolitan districts 4 and 22 had the most and the least number of the deceased, that is, and 3,717 and 435 people respectively.
Most of the dead belonged to the age range of 65 and above with a tally of 31,725 deaths as the age group 5 to 9 years had suffered minimum mortality with 280 cases, he was quoted by ISNA, IRAN NEWS reported.
The data presented by Tavakoli falls short of analyzing infant mortality statistics as it is a highly sensitive barometer of socio-economic conditions in any country.
According to a report by the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases led by cardiovascular risk factors (46 percent) were the major death cause in Iran in 2014, followed by injuries and cancer, 14 and 13 percent, respectively.