Community Health Assessment: About Heart Disease and Stroke Data

Heart Disease and Stroke


State Level Indicators

Data Source: BRFSS

  • Percent Population 18+ Serum Cholesterol Measured Last 5 Years
  • Percent Population 18+ Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure
  • Percent Population 18+ Had Heart Attack, Angina or Stroke

County Level Indicators

Data Source: NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics

  • Cardiovascular Disease Mortality
  • Cerebrovascular Disease Mortality
  • Diseases of the Heart Mortality
  • Coronary Heart Disease Mortality

Data Source: NYSDOH Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative Systems (SPARCS)

  • Hospitalizations due to Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hospitalizations due to Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)
  • Hospitalizations due to Coronary Heart Disease
  • Hospitalizations due to Hypertension Among Adults Aged 18 or Older

Serum Cholersterol and Blood Pressure and Heart Attack, Angina or Stroke (NYS Behavioral Risk Risk Factor Surveillance System-BRFSS)
All data relates to adults 18 years of age or older. The BRFSS is a telephone based survey that collects information on self-reported health related behaviors. The specific indicators in this section are:
  • Percent of respondents who reported they had their serum cholesterol checked in the past 5 years
  • Percent of respondents who reported they had ever been diagnosed by a medical professional with high blood pressure.
  • Percent of respondents who reported they ever had a heart attack, angina or stroke.

For more information, contact BRFSS Coordinator at (518)473-0673.

Mortality (Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics)
Information on deaths is extracted from death certificates. Each death receives an ICD-10 code indicating the primary reason for the death. The codes used for the rates in this section are as follows:
  • Cardiovascular ICD-10(I00-I99)
  • Cerebrovascular disease ICD-10(I60-I69)
  • Disease of the heart ICD-10(I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51)

The mortality rates are rates per 100,000 population. Both crude and adjusted rates are presented.

For more information, contact the Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518)474-3189.

Hospitalization Rates (Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS)
Data on hospitalizations are collected through the hospital inpatient discharge data system, SPARCS. Data are not available on events that did not result in a hospitalization, such as cases that were only treated in a hospital emergency room. Hospitalization rates in this section are based on prinicipal diagnosis codes, which indicate the primary reason for each hospitalization. Principal diagnosis codes use the ICD-9 system to define cases and are as follows:
  • Cardiovascular disease ICD-9(390-459)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (Stroke) ICD-9(430-438)
  • Coronary heart disease ICD-9(402, 410-414, 429)
  • Hypertension ICD-9(401.0, 401.9, 402.0, 402.1, 402.9, 403.0, 403.1, 403.9, 404.0, 404.1, 404.9)
For hypertension:
  • Excludes Stage I - IV Kidney Disease with dialysis as identified by the following ICD-9 procedure codes:
    • ICD-9(403.0, 403.1, 403.9, 404.0, 404.1, 404.9, 389.5, 392.7, 392.9, 394.2, 394.3, 399.3, 399.4.)
  • Excludes Cardiac Procedures as identified by the following ICD-9 procedure codes:
    • ICD-9(00.50, 00.51, 00.52, 00.53, 00.54, 00.56, 00.57, 00.66, 17.51, 17.52, 35.00, 35.01, 35.02, 35.03, 35.04, 35.10, 35.11, 35.12, 35.13, 35.14, 35.20, 35.21, 35.22, 35.23, 35.24, 35.25, 35.26, 35.27, 35.28, 35.31, 35.32, 35.33, 35.34, 35.35, 35.39, 35.41, 35.42, 35.50, 35.51, 35.52, 35.53, 35.54, 35.55, 35.60, 35.61, 35.62, 35.63, 35.70, 35.71, 35.72, 35.73, 35.81, 35.82, 35.83, 35.84, 35.91, 35.92, 35.93, 35.94, 35.95, 35.96, 35.98, 35.99, 36.01, 36.02, 36.03, 36.04, 36.05, 36.06, 36.07, 36.09, 36.10, 36.11, 36.12, 36.13, 36.14, 36.15, 36.16, 36.17, 36.19, 36.2, 36.3, 36.31, 36.32, 36.33, 36.34, 36.39, 36.91, 36.99, 37.31, 37.32, 37.33, 37.34, 37.35, 37.36, 37.41, 37.5, 37.51, 37.52, 37.53, 37.54, 37.55, 37.60, 37.61, 37.62, 37.63, 37.64, 37.65, 37.66, 37.70, 37.71, 37.72, 37.73, 37.74, 37.75, 37.76, 37.77, 37.78, 37.79, 37.80, 37.81, 37.82, 37.83, 37.85, 37.86, 37.87, 37.89, 37.94, 37.95, 37.96, 37.97, 37.98).

The rates presented are per 10,000 persons. Both crude and age-adjusted rates are presented.

For more information, contact the Public Health Information Group at (518)474-2543.