Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: Productivity in Heart Attack Treatments

Although the number of heart attacks has been roughly constant, the increase in invasive treatments and the decrease in deaths from heart attacks have been huge. Heart bypass surgery has grown at an average annual rate of 8.4%, and angioplasty has grown from nothing to be even more common than heart attacks. Both treatments also can be used to prevent heart attacks, and this use is growing. Deaths from heart disease are declining at an annual rate of 2.0%.

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