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More hospital stays for heart infarction
Of the more than 820 000 stays at general hospitals during 2006, 14 per cent were caused by diseases of the circulatory system. Among these, acute myocardial infarction was the most frequent main diagnosis with almost 19 000 stays, a growth of 60 per cent from 2000.
The most common cause of admissions to hospitals was diseases of the circulatory system. . Injuries and poisoning was the second most usual group with more than ten per cent of the diagnoses. Each tenth inpatient stay was due to cancer, and pregnancy and births caused 8.6 per cent of the admissions.
|Hospital stays1 for diseases of the circulatory system. 2000-2006|
|Main diagnosis||Year||Change 2000-2006, per cent|
|Diseases of the circulatory system, total||101 051||107 944||113 483||115 827||14.6|
|Acute myocardial infarction2||11 816||15 685||17 835||18 908||60.0|
|Angina pectoris||19 870||16 035||15 510||14 650||-26.3|
|Other acute ischaemic diseases||7 488||10 670||11 077||11 982||60.0|
|Cerebrovascular diseases||14 307||14 824||15 728||15 980||11.7|
|Cardiac dysrhythmias||12 025||12 707||13 180||15 161||26.1|
|Heart failure||8 303||8 398||9 390||8 938||7.6|
|Other diseases in the circulatory system||27 242||29 625||30 763||30 208||10.9|
|1||Foreign residents stays excluded.|
|2||Acute complications after acute myocardial infarction included.|
Increase in circulatory diseases
There was a growth of 15 per cent in hospital stays for diseases of the circulatory system in the period 2000-2006. Heart infarction caused 18 908 stays in 2006, a growth of 60 per cent since 2000. Lifestyle related factors and an aging population might explain some of the growth. 3 out of 4 stays caused by heart infarction were for patients 60 years or older. Also, there was a recommended change in the criteria for diagnosing acute myocardial infarction in 2000 that possibly can explain some of the increase in infarction and part of the decline in angina pectoris. The latter had a fall of 5 220 in the number of hospital stays since 2000.
There was an increase of 1.8 per cent in the number of inpatient stays from 2005 to 2006, when there were 824 441 discharges after stays in general hospitals. Day cases increased by 7.5 per cent, and in 2006, there were almost 544 000 day cases. There were about 3 545 000 outpatient consultations, an increase of 94 000 from the previous year.
- Table 1 Inpatient stays at general hospitals, by age and main diagnosis. 2006
- Table 2 Inpatient stays at general hospitals, by sex and main diagnosis. 2006
- Table 3 Inpatient stays, by age, sex, region and county of residence. Includes foreign residends 2006
- Table 4 Inpatient stays and number of bed-days, by sex and age. 2004-2006
- Table 5 Inpatient stays, bed-days and bed-days per stay, by sex. 1989-2006
- Table 6 Inpatient stays and bed-days per 1 000 inhabitants, by sex and age. 2004-2006
- Table 7 Inpatient stays, by health region and patients region of residence. 2006
- Table 8 Number of day cases at general hospitals, by sex and county of residence. 2006
- Table 9 Number of day cases per 1 000 inhabitants, by sex and county of residence. 2006
- Table 10 Number of day cases, by Health Region Enterprise and patients region of residence. 2006
- Table 11 Out-patient consultations at public hospitals, by sex and diagnosis. 2006
- Table 12 Out-patient consultations at public hospitals, by age, sex and diagnosis. 2006
- Table 13 Day-cases at general hospitals, by main diagnosis. 2006