Mortality from ischaemic heart disease

Updated: 17 Dec 2018
Next update: 16 Dec 2019

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.


Ischaemic heart disease still the cause of one in five deaths for men

During 2017, most Finns died from diseases of the circulatory system. Their importance as a cause of death has decreased, however, over the past twenty years from 44 to 36 per cent. Simultaneously, men's and women's age-standardised mortality from diseases of the circulatory system has decreased by over 40 per cent. In 2017, mortality from diseases of the circulatory system relative to the number and age structure of the population decreased for both women and men compared to the previous year.

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 for men and every sixth death for women. Almost 10,000 persons died of ischaemic heart disease.