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Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack, and Stroke Hospitalizations Down Significantly

AHRQ News and Numbers, September 16, 2009

AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

The number of Americans admitted to hospitals for treatment of coronary artery disease declined by 31 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). As a result of this decrease, coronary heart disease no longer ranks as the leading disease treated in hospitals. It is now ranked number 3.

In people with coronary heart disease, fatty deposits clog heart arteries, restricting the flow of blood to the heart and increasing the risk of a heart attack.

According to the Federal agency's analysis from 1997 to 2007:

  • Hospitalizations for heart attacks declined by 15 percent, falling from 732,000 to 625,000. Heart attacks are now ranked number 10 on the list of diseases treated in hospitals, down from number 4.
  • Hospitalizations for stroke fell 14 percent, going from 616,000 to 527,000 and a drop in rank from number 6 to number 15.
  • In contrast, hospitalizations for irregular heart beat, such as atrial fibrillation or tachycardia rose by 28 percent from 572,000 to 731,000. Its rank stayed at number 7.
  • Hospitalizations for congestive heart failure rose by 3 percent, going from 991,000 to just over 1 million. Its rank moved from number 3 to number 2, behind pneumonia, the most common disease treated in hospitals in 2007.

This AHRQ News and Numbers summary is based on data from page 19 in HCUP Facts and Figures 2007, which provides highlights of the latest data from the 2007 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a part of AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. The report provides data on leading reasons for hospitalization, such as arthritis, asthma, childbirth, cancer, diabetes, depression, and heart conditions, on procedures performed on hospital patients, and on related topics.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact (301) 427-1539.

Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack, and Stroke Hospitalizations Down Significantly: AHRQ News and Numbers, September 16, 2009. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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