Hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease—specifically, coronary artery disease, heart attack and ischemic stroke—fell 42 percent from 2001 to 2014, according to a new AHRQ analysis. During that period, in-hospital deaths among ischemic stroke patients decreased 38 percent while in-hospital deaths among heart attack patients decreased 29 percent. In 2014, the hospitalization rate for cardiovascular disease was 69 percent higher among those living in the lowest-income areas compared with those in the wealthiest areas. The analysis was based on data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, the largest collection of hospital care data in the United States.
- AHRQ HCUP Statistical Brief #241: Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Ischemic Stroke Rates Among Inpatient Stays, 2001-2014