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Diseases of the circulatory system comprise the third most frequent reason for hospitalization and almost one of every 7 hospitalizations in Hawai'i. In 2008, there were 558 more hospitalizations for cardiology than in 1995. The growth in cardiology-related hospitalizations represents the largest increase of all service lines.

Each county except Kaua'i experienced an increase in the cardiology hospitalization rate between 1995 and 2008. Residents of Honolulu had the lowest rate of hospitalization per 1,000 population at 6.7; the rates for the remaining three counties ranged between 7.2 and 9.3.

In 2007, 60 percent of cardiology patients were covered by Medicare. With the aging of the baby boomers, cardiology inpatient cases can be expected to increase.

The most common cardiology-related hospitalizations include congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), and cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

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Source: Hawaii Health Information Corporation, Inpatient Database.
Note: Based on county of residence of discharged patient.