Heart Disease - Minnesota Department of Health

Heart Disease in Minnesota

How common is heart disease in Minnesota?

  • In 2017, 3.6% of adults in Minnesota reported ever having had a heart attack in their lifetime – over 150,000 people.1
  • Almost 19% of all deaths in Minnesota are due to heart disease (8,230 deaths in 2017), making it the 2nd-leading cause of death in the state behind cancer.2
  • In 2016, Minnesotans experienced more than 45,000 acute heart disease hospitalizations.3
  • Every year from 2000 through 2017, Minnesota had the lowest overall heart disease mortality rate in the United States.4

Are there disparities in heart disease rates in Minnesota?

  • From 2013-2017, the heart disease death rate was 48% higher in American Indians compared to whites in Minnesota. This disparity is greatest for middle-aged adults. American Indian adults aged 35-54 die from heart disease at almost four times the rate of whites of the same age.
  • African-American adults aged 35-64 die from heart disease at approximately two times the rate of whites of the same age in Minnesota.
  • Although stroke death rates are significantly higher in African Americans than whites in Minnesota, the difference between these groups in overall 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. One reason for this may be because Minnesota has a large population of foreign-born African Americans, who have a lower rate of heart disease death due to heart disease than U.S.-born African Americans.
  • The lowest heart disease death rates in Minnesota are in Asians and Hispanics, with death rates 43% and 52% lower than whites, respectively.2

What is the economic cost of heart disease?

  • Minnesotans incurred almost $2 billion in charges for inpatient hospitalizations due to heart disease in 2013.3
  • In the United States, there were over $213.8 billion in annual heart disease-related medical costs, including procedures, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, and lost productivity due to deaths during 2014 and 2015.5

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 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Unadjusted prevalence.
2 Vital Statistics 2013-2017. MN Center for Health Statistics, MDH.
3 MN Hospital Uniform Billing (UB) Claims Data, Health Economics Program, MDH and Minnesota Hospital Association.
4 CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Compressed Mortality File (CMF) on CDC WONDER Online Database
5 Benjamin EJ., et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2019 Update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2019;139:e1-e473.


Updated Friday, 28-Jan-2022 10:03:16 CST