Posted on Sep 29, 2009, 6 a.m.
Coronary Artery Disease drops 31%, Congestive Heart Failure rises 3%, and other intriguing trends in in-patient hospital stays.
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project reports that in the United States, hospital stays due to coronary artery disease fell 31%, from 1.4 million in 2007 to 964,000 in 2007. For the same ten-year period, hospital stays for stroke fell also, by 14%, to stand at 527,000 – dropping it to become the 15th leading cause of hospitalizations. However, congestive heart failure hospitalizations rose 3% during the same decade, to stand at 1.025 million. Overall, in-patient hospital stays rose 14% between 1997 and 2007, from 34.68 million to 39.54 million, respectively.
Levit K (Thomson Reuters), Wier L (Thomson Reuters), Stranges E (Thomson Reuters), Ryan K (Thomson Reuters), Elixhauser A (AHRQ). HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2007. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2009 (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports.jsp).