Validation of self-reported history of acute myocardial infarction: Experience of the Minnesota heart survey registry

Wayne D. Rosamond, J. Michael Sprafka, Paul G. McGovern, Marlys Nelson, Russell V. Luepker

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Abstract

Accurate separation of new cases of acute myocardial infarction from prevalent cases is critical for assessing trends in morbidity in population-based studies. This report presents data on the validity of self-teported history of previous acute myocardial infarction among 3,703 patients admitted to a coronary care unit with suspicion of acute myocardial in farction. We substantiated the history of a prior event for 60% of those who reported one (629 of 1,053) and found 40% to be false-positive histories. Much of the false-positive reporting was related to previous cardiac hospitalizations, predominantly (40%) for unstable angina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalEpidemiology
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1995

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease surveillance
  • Gender
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Self-report

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