The database of Italian general practitioners allows a reliable determination of the prevalence of myocardial infarction

Alessandro Filippi, Diego Vanuzzo, Angelo A. Bignamini, Giampiero Mazzaglia, Claudio Cricelli, Alberico L. Catapano

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Abstract

Background. To plan preventive intervention after myocardial infarction (MI) the disease prevalence and the age and time from acute event of the index population should be Known. Methods. We identified all the living patients with MI coded diagnosis in the database of the Italian College of General Practitioners (Health Search Database-HSD). The years from the first acute MI were also determined. Results. 3588 subjects with MI diagnosis were identified (2698 males and 888 females, for 2 gender not recorded). Based on the distribution of our population and on that reported by the Italian Institute of Statistics, stratified by gender and age (segments of 10 years), the estimated number of subjects with MI in Italy (age-standardized rates × 10 000) was 309 284 for men and 102 343 for women. Conclusions. The prevalence of MI diagnosis in the HSD is very dose to that obtained by other epidemiological methods. Querying the database can provide a simple and inexpensive way to estimate and monitor the prevalence of MI in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Heart Journal
Volume6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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