Indicator Report - Heart Attack: Hospitalizations
Why Is This Important?Heart attacks (myocardial infarctions) are associated with coronary heart disease, the number one killer of Utahns. There are several types of risk factors associated with heart attacks. Some of these include family history, high blood pressure, tobacco use, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, diabetes, obesity, and exposures to environmental contaminants.
Recent studies have shown significant relationships between air pollutants and increased risk of heart attack or other forms of coronary heart disease. Particulate matter (PM2.5) has shown to be associated with increased risk in particularly sensitive subpopulations such as the elderly, patients with preexisting heart disease, and those who are survivors of heart attack.
Data NotesHeart attacks were defined with a primary diagnosis of 410-410.92 according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) codes. The U.S. is currently using the 10th revision (ICD-10) to code causes of death. The 9th revision (ICD-9) is still used for hospital and emergency department visits. Age-specific age-adjusted rates were calculated using county specific crude rates for ages 35 and older with 2000 standard U.S. population weights for age 35 and older.
Data SourcesUtah Inpatient Hospital Discharge Data, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau.
DefinitionA heart attack is also called a myocardial infarction. A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery is completely blocked by a clot resulting in lack of blood flow to the heart and death of part of the heart muscle.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 10/30/2013, Published on 11/19/2013