Heart attack mortality

Timely and effective treatments for a heart attack which are essential for patient survival, include appropriate use of thrombolytic therapy (drugs used to break up or dissolve blood clots) and revascularization (restoring blood flow through the coronary arteries). While some patients have higher risks than others, some complications may be preventable. A lower death rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

Mortality rate is the statistical measure of the number of people who die. The first graph below shows the rate of patients who came to the hospital with a heart attack and died.  The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 3.1
National Average 6
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 5.5 2.8 1.2 2.6 2.8 2.9 0 3.1
National Average 6.25 6.25 5.77 5.77 5.77 5.77 5.77 6
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov