Cardiac Arrest Statistics

Updated:Jan 21,2015

The American Heart Association published the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2013 Update online on December 12, 2012.  Highlights of this document include:

•  The most up-to-date statistics on the spectrum of cardiovascular health behaviors and health factors and risks, as well as subsequent complicating conditions, disease states, and outcomes

•  New data on the monitoring and benefits of cardiovascular health         

•  Despite decreases in heart disease and stroke mortality, the burden of disease remains high.

New out-of-hospital and in-hospital cardiac arrest statistics sourced from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Cardiac Epistry and Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation data can be found starting on p. e160, in the Disorders of Heart Rhythm section. This is summarized in the table below, with last year’s statistics for comparison:

Statistical UpdateOut-of-Hospital Cardiac ArrestIn-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
IncidenceBystander CPR
Survivor rate*
IncidenceSurvival rate*
    *Survival rates represent survival to hospital discharge

View the full document (PDF) 

Tables relevant to cardiac arrest include:

•  Incidence and Outcome of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States (p. e169)

•  Quality of Care for EMS-Treated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, which includes bystander CPR rates(p. e221)

•  Quality of Care for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (p. e221)

This year, heart disease and stroke still rank as the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death, respectively.