2011 Heart Attack

A heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction or AMI) happens when arteries leading to the heart become blocked and the blood supply is slowed or stopped.

The links below provide information on the rates of patients receiving recommended heart attack care, hospital readmission rates for heart attack patients, and mortality rates for patients hospitalized for heart attack.


Note: For all of these rates, be careful when drawing conclusions; small numbers of patients may reduce the reliability of the results.

Understanding Recommended Care Rates:  The Recommended Care Rates show how often hospitals provided the recommended care for heart attack patients. 

What do the fractions mean?  The denominator (the bottom number) represents all those patients who were medically eligible to receive the recommended care.  The numerator (the top number) represents those patients who actually received the care.

For example:  Aspirin at Arrival:  80%; 8/10 means that 10 heart attack patients were medically eligible to receive an aspirin on arrival at the hospital, and 8 of those patients (80%) actually received it.  “0/0” means that no patients were medically eligible to receive the treatment.

Acknowledgement: The table format, measure descriptions and definition of “Achievable Benchmark” for the Recommended Care Rates were developed by the New Hampshire-based Foundation for Healthy Communities.  The Northeast Healthcare Quality Foundation provided the data analysis.  The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration expresses its gratitude to both organizations. 


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