Statistics about Heart attack


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Heart attack. 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.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Heart attack: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Heart attack)
  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)

Death and mortality statistics for Heart attack:
  Deaths from Heart attack: 459,841 deaths in 1998 (NHLBI); 199,154 deaths for AMI reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)
  Death statistics for Heart attack: The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Heart attack:
  • More than 250,000 die before they reach hospital (The British Heart Foundation, 2004)
  • 50% wait more than 2 hours before getting help (The British Heart Foundation, 2004)
  • 12.5 million of the estimated 32 million worldwide heart attacks are fatal (Integrated Management of Cardiovascular Risk , WHO, 2002)
  • 40-75% of all victims die before reaching hospital (Integrated Management of Cardiovascular Risk,WHO, 2002)
  • 1,400 people die each day from 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)

  Deaths from Heart attack: About 460,000 of those heart attacks are fatal. About half of those deaths occur within 1 hour of the start of symptoms and before the person reaches the hospital.1
  1-year survival rate for Heart attack: 24 of 25 will survive if they survive the attack (1 in 25 dies within a year)
  Survival rate statistics for Heart attack: The following are statistics from various sources about the survival rate for Heart attack:
  • 12.5 million of the estimated 32 million worldwide heart attacks are fatal (Integrated Management of Cardiovascular Risk , WHO, 2002)
  • 40-75% of all victims die before reaching hospital (Integrated Management of Cardiovascular Risk,WHO, 2002)
  • 42% of women die within a year of a heart attack in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • 24% of men die within a year of a heart attack in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)

Society statistics for Heart attack
  Hospitalizations for Heart attack: 829,000 (NHLBI 1999)
  Hospitalization statistics for Heart attack: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Heart attack:
  • 195 per 100,000 rate for Acute Myocardial Infarction hospitalizations in Canada 1995 Surveillance on-line, 1998 LCDC, Health Canada)
  • 1.033% (105,476) of hospital consultant episodes were for acute myocardial infarction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for acute myocardial infarction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for acute myocardial infarction were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.25% (657,104) of hospital bed days were for acute myocardial infarction in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.03% (3,795) of hospital consultant episodes were for cardiac arrest in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 70% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for cardiac arrest in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for cardiac arrest in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 68 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for cardiac arrest in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 45% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for cardiac arrest were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.046% (23,922) of hospital bed days were for cardiac arrest in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia for public hospitals:
    • 0.13% (34) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 15 to 24 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.95% (248) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 25 to 34 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 6.1% (1,597) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 35 to 44 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 16.9% (4,419) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 45 to 54 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 23% (6,116) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 55 to 64 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 24% (6,303) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 65 to 74 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 21% (5,576) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged 75 to 84 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 7.32% (1,918) of hospital episodes for acute myocardial infarction in public hospitals occurred in males aged over 85 in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)

  Physician office visits for Heart attack: 133,000 physician visits for AMI (NHLBI 1999); 4,661,000 ED visits in the USA for chest pain '
  Procedure statistics for Heart attack: The following are statistics from various sources about medical procedures and Heart attack:
  • 2,200 people undergo bypass surgery or angioplasty 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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