Quick Facts Heart Disease in Minnesota

Quick Facts
Heart Disease in Minnesota

How common is heart disease in Minnesota?

  • In 2014, 3.8% of adults in Minnesota reported ever having had a heart attack in their lifetime – over 150,000 people.2
  • More than 18% of all deaths in Minnesota are due to heart disease (7,571 deaths in 2014), making it the 2nd-leading cause of death in the state behind cancer.3
  • In 2013, Minnesotans experienced almost 45,000 acute heart disease hospitalizations.4
  • In 2013, Minnesota had the lowest overall heart disease mortality rate in the United States.5

Are there disparities in heart disease rates in Minnesota?

  • From 2009-2013, the heart disease death rate was 28% higher in American Indians compared to whites in Minnesota.3
  • Although stroke death rates are significantly higher in African Americans than whites in Minnesota, the difference between these groups in heart disease death rates is relatively small. This is very unusual, compared to significant disparities seen in heart disease between African Americans and whites across the nation.
  • The lowest heart disease death rates in Minnesota are in Asians and Hispanics, with death rates 50% and 54% lower than whites, respectively.3

What is the economic cost of heart disease?

  • Minnesotans incurred almost $2 billion in charges for inpatient hospitalizations due to heart disease in 2013.4
  • In the United States, there were over $215.6 billion in heart disease-related medical costs, including procedures, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, and lost productivity due to mortality in 2011.1

MN Public Health Data Access Portal – Heart Attacks in Minnesota

Health information on heart disease and its risk factors

For more information, contact: Jim Peacock (651) 201-5405.


1 Mozaffarian D, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2015 Update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015;131:e1-e294.
2 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
3 Vital Statistics 2009-2014. MN Center for Health Statistics, MDH.
4 MN Hospital Uniform Billing (UB) Claims Data, Health Economics Program, MDH and Minnesota Hospital Association.
5 CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Compressed Mortality File (CMF) on CDC WONDER Online Database.