OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ – Canadians admitted to hospital with a new heart attack are less likely to die in hospital within 30 days than in the past, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The short-term (30-day) in-hospital death rate dropped from 13.4% in 1999-2000 to 11.1% in 2004-2005. Patients admitted to hospital with a new stroke were more likely to die within 30 days than those with a heart attack – 18.8% died in hospital within 30 days in 2004-2005, a rate that was relatively stable over the preceding five years.
These new findings are reported in Health Care in Canada 2006, CIHI’s seventh annual publication on the state of the health system. For the first time, this year’s report provides trends for two key health indicators: short-
term mortality rates following admission with a new heart attack and short-term mortality rates following admission with a new stroke. It also examines how these death rates vary across the country and explores factors that may be associated with better or worse odds of survival, including age, sex and the types of care that patients receive.