Top 5 Reasons for Hospital Readmissions After a Heart Attack

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Heart failure or shock was the most common reason for a 30-day readmission following admission for a heart attack in 2009, according to a statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In 2009, the total number of readmissions after being treated for a heart attack was 88,000. The top five reasons for readmission were:

•    Heart failure or shock — 13.4 percent of readmissions
•    Scheduled percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or coronary artery bypass graft surgery — 11.8 percent of readmissions
•    New heart attack — 9.2 percent of readmissions
•    Circulatory disorders (except heart attack) with cardiac catheterization — 4 percent of readmissions
•    Chest pain — 3.8 percent of readmissions

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