Mortality from ischaemic heart disease 

Updated: 30.12.2016 - Next update: 29.12.2017

Ischaemic heart disease still the cause of one in five deaths

Of the main cause of death categories, most Finns died of diseases of the circulatory system in 2015. The group’s importance as a cause of death has decreased, however, over the past twenty years from 44 to 37 per cent. Simultaneously, men's and women's age-standardised mortality from diseases of the circulatory system has declined by over 40 per cent (Appendix figure 1).

Among diseases of the circulatory system, ischaemic heart disease is still one of the most common causes of death for Finns, even though mortality from ischaemic heart disease has decreased clearly in Finland. Ischaemic heart disease still caused every fifth death and over 10,000 persons died of it in 2015.

Statistics Finland / Causes of death

Description of indicator

Deaths from ischaemic heart diseases include deaths from coronary thrombosis and other ischaemic heart diseases (category 27 in the national classification of diseases with 54 categories; categories I20-I25 in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, ICD-10).

The statistics on causes of death cover the persons who have died in Finland or abroad during the calendar year and who at the time of death were domiciled in Finland.