Indicator Profile of Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction) Hospitalizations
Why Is This Important?A heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) occurs because of coronary heart disease, which is the narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. When the blood supply to part of the heart is interrupted or blocked, the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen. This can result in chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations, sweating and anxiety.
Risk factors for coronary heart disease include: high levels of low-density lipoprotein ("bad cholesterol") and triglycerides in the blood; high blood pressure; diabetes; a diet high in saturated fat; physical inactivity; obesity; and excessive alcohol use.
Recent research has shown that fine particulate matter air pollution can increase the risk of heart attacks.
Hospitalizations Due to Heart Attack for Residents 35 Years of Age and Older, Annual Age-Adjusted Rate in New Jersey by Year
Data NotesRates are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 population.
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DefinitionNumber or rate of hospitalizations due to acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) in a geographic area in a period of time (primary diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, defined by ICD-9 codes 410.00-410.92)
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 12/11/12, Published on 12/11/12