Hospital deaths from heart failure cut by half over 7 years

Research Activities October 2011, No. 374

The death rate of hospital patients who were admitted primarily for heart failure fell roughly by half between 2000 and 2007—from 55 deaths to 28 deaths per 1,000 admissions, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Federal agency also found that between 2000 and 2007, for heart failure deaths of hospitalized patients:

  • People age 85 and over experienced the largest drop from 87 to 48 deaths per 1,000 admissions.
  • For seniors age 65 and older, the rate fell from 64 to 34 deaths per 1,000 admissions.
  • The rate for people ages 45 to 64 dropped from 28 to 15 deaths per 1,000 admissions, while the rate for people ages 18 to 44 fell from 19 to 12 deaths per 1,000 admissions.

This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on information in the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Go to the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report , which examines the disparities in Americans' access to and quality of health care, with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, income, and education.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Linwood Norman at linwood.norman@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1248.

Current as of October 2011
Internet Citation: Hospital deaths from heart failure cut by half over 7 years: Research Activities October 2011, No. 374. October 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/oct11/1011RA25.html