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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Heart Disease

Importance and Measures

Mortality
Number of deaths (2003).................................................................................................... 684,4622
Cause of death rank (2003)................................................................................................. 1st2
   
Prevalence
Number of cases of coronary heart disease each year.......................................................... 13,000,0009
Number of cases of congestive heart failure each year.......................................................... 4,900,0009
Number of cases of high blood pressure each year............................................................... 65,000,0009
Number of heart attacks each year...................................................................................... 7,100,0009
   
Incidence
Number of new cases of congestive heart failure each year................................................... 550,0009
   
Cost
Total cost of cardiovascular disease (2005 est.).................................................................. $393.4 billion3
Total cost of congestive heart failure (2005 est.).................................................................. $27.9 billion9
Direct medical costs of cardiovascular disease (2005 est.)................................................... $241.8 billion3
Measures

The NHQR tracks several quality measures for preventing and treating heart disease, including the following four core report measures:

  • Counseling smokers to quit smoking
  • Receipt of recommended care for acute heart failure
  • Receipt of recommended care for heart attack (acute myocardial infarction, or AMI)
  • Inpatient mortality following heart attack

In addition, a supplemental measure focusing on appropriate disease management is also presented:

  • Blood pressure monitoring and control

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