What is the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack) in the US?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Approximately 1.5 million cases of myocardial infarction (MI) occur annually in the United States; the yearly incidence rate is approximately 600 cases per 100,000 people. The proportion of patients diagnosed with non–ST-elevation MI (NSTEMI) compared with ST-elevation MI (STEMI) has progressively increased. Despite an impressive decline in age-adjusted death rates attributable to acute MI since the mid-1970s, the total number of MI-related deaths in the United States has not declined. [26]


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