Prevalence and Incidence of Heart attack


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Heart attack usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Heart attack at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Heart attack refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Heart attack diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Heart attack: 7.5 million people with AMI (NHLBI)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 36 or 2.76% or 7.5 million people in USA [about data]
Incidence (annual) of Heart attack: 1.25 million annually USA (NHLBI); 1.1 million with 650,000 new events and 450,000 recurrences.
Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 217 or 0.46% or 1.2 million people in USA [about data]
Incidence of Heart attack: Each year, about 1.1 million Americans suffer a heart attack.1

Prevelance statistics about Heart attack: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Heart attack:

  • 7,600,000 cases in the USA (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, 1988-94)

Incidence statistics about Heart attack: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Heart attack:

  • 3,000 people each day have a heart attack in the US (W.H. Howard, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., How to protect your heart from your doctor)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Heart Attacks: NHLBI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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