Stroke and heart attack mortality
Mortality rates following a stroke or heart attack allow us to better understand the quality of acute care services provided for these two common conditions. We look at 30-day mortality rates after admission to hospital for ischaemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
Definitions and comparability for the indicators are taken directly from the OECD report Health at a Glance 2017: OECD indicators. Detailed information about the definitions and the source and methods for each country can be found here.
The case-fatality rate measures the percentage of people aged 45 and over who die within 30 days following admission to hospital for a specific acute condition. Rates based on unlinked data refer to a situation where the death occurred in the same hospital as the initial admission. Rates based on linked data refer to a situation where the death occurred in the same hospital, a different hospital, or out of hospital. While the linked data based method is considered more robust, it requires a unique patient identifier to link the data across the relevant datasets which is not available in all countries.
Rates are age-sex standardised to the 2010 OECD population aged 45+ admitted to hospital for a specific acute condition such as AMI and ischaemic stroke.