Heart attack hospitalizations: facts & figures


Heart attack hospitalizations have declined over time

Age-adjusted rate of heart attack hospitalizations per 10,000 people.
Source: Minnesota Hospital Association.

Heart attack hospitalization rates have been steadily decreasing over the past decade. This is likely due to many factors, including decreases in smoking rates, and the use of medicines that control cholesterol and blood pressure.  


Older males have higher rates of heart attack hospitalizations

Rate of heart attack hospitalizations per 10,000 people, by age. 2013.
Source: Minnesota Hospital Association.

The rate of heart attack hospitalization increases with age for both men and women. In all age categories, men are hospitalized at a greater rate than women. Despite the fact that men are hospitalized at a greater rate after age 85, women are hospitalized in greater numbers than men of that age group.


Older age groups have declining rates of heart attack hospitalizations

Rate of heart attack hospitalizations per 10,000 people, by age. 2013.
Source: Minnesota Hospital Association.

Since 2000, older age groups have seen declines in the rate of heart attack hospitalizations. The most dramatic decreases are in the oldest age groups. In younger age groups, heart attacks are rare and rates remain stable over time.