Basic Summary for Atherosclerosis


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Main name of condition: Atherosclerosis
Other names or spellings: Artery Hardening, Arteriosclerosis, Artherosclerosis, Atherosclerotic CVD, Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease


What is Atherosclerosis?
  Brief description of Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the arteries.
  Parent types of Atherosclerosis: Artery conditions, Blood vessel conditions, Cardiovascular diseases, Under-diagnosed conditions, Polygenic diseases
  Organs Affected by Atherosclerosis: blood vessels, arteries
  Types of Atherosclerosis: Coronary artery disease, Cerebral Arteriosclerosis, Autoimmune Atherosclerosis, Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
How many people get Atherosclerosis?
  Prevalance of Atherosclerosis: 17 per 1000 - NHIS95
  Prevalance Rate of Atherosclerosis: approx 1 in 58 or 1.70% or 4.6 million people in USA [about data]
How serious is Atherosclerosis?
  Average life years lost for Atherosclerosis: 7.5 years (SEER)1
  Deaths for Atherosclerosis: 14,979 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001); contributes to other causes rather than direct cause of death; 71,926 deaths for Atherosclerotic CVD (NHLBI 1999).
  Complications of Atherosclerosis: see complications of Atherosclerosis
What causes Atherosclerosis?
  Causes of Atherosclerosis: see causes of Atherosclerosis
  Risk factors for Atherosclerosis: see risk factors for Atherosclerosis
What are the symptoms of Atherosclerosis?
  Symptoms of Atherosclerosis: see symptoms of Atherosclerosis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Atherosclerosis: see treatments for Atherosclerosis
  Prevention of Atherosclerosis: see prevention of Atherosclerosis
Society issues for Atherosclerosis
  Hospitalizations for Atherosclerosis: 20,000 with 12,000 for atherosclerosis, 8,000 for Atherosclerotic CVD (NHLBI 1999)
  Hospitalization statistics for Atherosclerosis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Atherosclerosis:
  • 0.066% (8,480) of hospital consultant episodes were for atherosclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for atherosclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for atherosclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 70 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for atherosclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 18% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11% of hospital consultant episodes for atherosclerosis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.14% (71,912) of hospital bed days were for atherosclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

  Physician office visits for Atherosclerosis: 734,000 with 222,000 for atherosclerosis, 512,000 for Atherosclerotic CVD (NHLBI 1999)

Footnotes:
1. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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