Mortality from ischaemic heart disease

Updated: 14 Dec 2020
Next update: 10 Dec 2021

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.


Mortality from diseases of the circulatory system decreased further in 2019

Most Finns died of diseases of the circulatory system in 2019. Their share of causes of death has, however, decreased over the past ten years from 41 to 34 per cent.

Over the past ten years, mortality from diseases of the circulatory system relative to the size of the population and the standardised age structure has decreased by 30 per cent among men and by 32 per cent among women. In 2019, the age-standardised mortality contracted further both for women (-5%) and men (-6%) compared to the previous year.

Persons dying of ischaemic heart disease ever older

The most common disease of the circulatory system leading to death is ischaemic heart disease. It is still a significant cause of death even though mortality from it has decreased. In 2019, ischaemic heart disease caused nearly every fifth death among men and nearly every seventh death for women. A total of 8,600 persons died of ischaemic heart disease.