Heart Attack Hospitalization
|Did You Know?|
|While commonly known risk factors for heart attack include obesity, smoking, and high cholesterol, a number of public health studies have found an increased risk of heart attack from exposure to air pollution like ozone and particulate matter, especially for the elderly and individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions.|
Each year, about 1.2 million Americans are expected to have a new or recurrent acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or heart attack. In Massachusetts, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of the heart and blood vessels are responsible for approximately 35% of all deaths in the state. Risk factors for heart attack include health, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Environmental factors include exposure to certain air pollutants, such as particulate matter. Exposure to particulate matter has been shown to increase the rate of heart attack, arrhythmias, and premature death.
Data on hospitalization visits are collected by the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) from all acute care hospitals and satellite emergency facilities in the state. CHIA collects information on all inpatient hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) visits; because nearly all heart attack hospitalizations result in an inpatient admission, data are not presented for heart attack ED visits separately.
When reviewing and interpreting heart attack hospitalization data, it is important to take into consideration the following:
|Available Data on Heart Attack Hospitalization|
Click the Maps and Tables button on this page to access the following measures for heart attack hospitalization in your community. The most current available data will be shown. Be sure to check the site periodically as new data are added each year. To protect privacy, no information is shown that could identify an individual.