Heart Disease Indicators
These indicators provide information about health effects due to heart disease. These data will allow for monitoring of trends over time and have the potential to identify high risk groups not reflected in current national data. These data may also inform prevention, evaluation, and program planning efforts.
This indicator uses data collected by hospitals. It can be used to identify trends in the occurrence of heart attacks. The data are organized by different variables to help estimate the number of hospital admissions for heart attacks. The variables include time periods, age groups, and geographic areas such as states and counties. Hospitalization data for heart attacks do not include individuals who do not receive medical care or who are not admitted into the hospital. This includes people who die in emergency rooms, in nursing homes, or at home without being admitted to a hospital. In addition, the data do not include people treated in outpatient settings like urgent care centers, ambulances, or rehabilitation centers. Variation in diagnostic procedure, the coding of heart attacks, and medical care access influence differences in heart attack rates by time and area.
Data are available at the county level for select states.
These indicators used data collected by vital records from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Data can be used to identify trends in the mortality of ischemic heart disease (also known as coronary artery disease or coronary heart disease) or heart attacks. The data are organized by different variables to help estimate the number of deaths due to ischemic heart diseases or heart attacks. The variables include time periods, age groups, sex, race/ethnicity, and geographic areas such as states and counties.
Death investigation laws vary by locale. In addition, variations may occur between localities in how medical examiners/coroners/physicians assign intentionality. Death certificate records may contain misclassified codes for multiple causes of death.
Data are available at the county level for the entire U.S.