FOI Ref: FOI/2022/3891

You asked

Please supply the following information for England and Wales:

  • Rates of dead people due to heart attack in 2019, 2020 and 2021 (and if possible collected figures for YTD 2022)

  • The above information focusing on group aged between 0 to 20 years old and 30 to 50 years old, on the same time frame than below requested.

We said

​Thank you for your enquiry.

ONS hold mortality data for England and Wales, based on the information collected at death registration. The conditions mentioned on the death certificate are coded using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). From all of these causes an underlying cause of death is selected using ICD-10 coding rules.

When myocardial Infarction (heart attack) is recorded as the underlying cause on the death certificate, it is assigned the following ICD-10 codes:

I21 - Acute myocardial infarction

I22 - Subsequent myocardial infarction

I23 - Complications following acute myocardial infarction

Numbers of deaths by underlying cause (ICD-10 code), sex, five-year age group and area of usual residence, for England and Wales, 2013 to 2020, are available via the NOMIS webservice.

Please follow these instructions to use the NOMIS webservice:

  • Select the geography - (England and Wales, regional or by local authority)
  • Select Age - All ages or 5-year age bands
  • Select Gender - Total or Male/Female
  • Select rates - All deaths, rates or percentage of population for example.
  • Select cause of death (ICD10 code search is available)
  • Select format (Excel or CSV for example)

Latest provisional death registration data for England and Wales, 2021 and 2022, are available in our weekly deaths publication. However, as data are still provisional, full cause of death information is not yet published except for the top ten leading causes of death, which are published in our monthly mortality analysis publication. Finalised death registration data for 2021 will be released in July 2022 in our Deaths Registered Series and NOMIS.

Please find the data you have requested in the table below. Data are presented for standard five-year age bands, consistent with other ONS publications, to avoid any potential disclosure risk.

Rates of deaths from heart attacks are not readily available, but you can use NOMIS to calculate age standardised rates for 2019 and 2020. Rates for 2022 cannot be calculated until mid-year population estimates are published in September 2022. If you wish to request rates for 2021, then we will need to create a custom output for you.

Special extracts and tabulations of mortality data for England and Wales are available to order (subject to legal frameworks, disclosure control, resources and agreements of costs, where appropriate). Such enquiries would fall outside of the Freedom of Information regime and should be made to:

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