The Centers for Disease Control reports that Heart disease hospitalization rates for Medicare patients vary substantially by state and county.
Key highlights from the report include:
- During 2000–2006, heart disease hospitalizations were higher for men compared with women.
- Hospitalization rates were highest among blacks compared with Hispanics and whites
- Rates of heart disease hospitalizations increased sharply with age. The rate for the oldest age group in the study population (≥85 years) was about 2.2 times higher than the rate for the youngest age group (65–74 years)
- Counties with the highest percentages of heart disease patients discharged home were concentrated primarily in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Texas.
- Counties with the highest percentages of patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities were found mostly in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
- Counties with the highest percentages of patients who died before discharge were found mostly in California, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and New York.
(Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov, AHA News Now, March 5, 2010).