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Risk Calculators

Risk Calculators

Mass-DAC provides access to several different individual risk assessment calculators developed using the Mass-DAC Cardiac Study registry data.  The mortality risk calculators predict the risk of mortality following a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG) surgery or a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and were developed from the fiscal year report analyses. The PCI target vessel revascularization risk-calculator developed by Dr. Robert Yeh using Mass-DAC registry data predicts the risk of target vessel revascularization in patients undergoing PCI within one year of their procedure.  The expected risk can be calculated based on the use of either drug-eluting or bare metal stents. The PCI 30-day readmission risk calculator was developed using Mass-DAC registry data and is based on the American Heart Association’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, July 2013 publication article, “A Prediction Model to Identify Patients at High Risk for 30-Day Readmission After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention”, Table 2, by Jason H. Wasfy, MD, et. al.

Posted March 18, 2013 More
A Cardiac Conundrum

A Cardiac Conundrum

The March-April 2013 issue of the Harvard Magazine featured the article “A Cardiac Conundrum” written by Alice Park about David Jones’ new book, Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins), published December 26, 2012.  In her article, Park writes, During the twentieth century, heart disease began to climb from relative obscurity to its […]

Posted February 27, 2013 More
Cardiac Care Resources

Cardiac Care Resources

The menu items in Public Outreach-Cardiac Care Resources provide links to valuable educational resources made available by national associations with a focus on heart disease education, hospital cardiac surgery/cardiology departments, and government organizations.  Below are links to articles and books that provide valuable information about heart disease, your cardiac system and the types of care available.  These resources may help to prepare you for a vsit with your cardiologist or surgeon. Articles and Books A Cardiac Conumdrum, by Alice Parks, published in the Harvard Magazine, March-April 2013, also available as a pdf file. A featured article about David Jones’ new book, Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins), published December 26, 2012. (read more…) Online Resources CDC Fact Sheet What Is Coronary Angiography? What Is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting? American Heart Association HeartHub for Patients CDC Heart Disease Resources for Patients Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Heart/Stroke Resource Page Million Hearts – About Heart Disease and Stroke Society of Thoracic Surgeons – Resources for Patients

Posted February 26, 2013 More
Related Links

Related Links

Mass-DAC reports to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and collaborates with many other organizations on issues related to the data we collect. Below are a list of the many resources we utilize in our work and may be of interest to you. Please contact us if you have suggestions for additional resources that may be useful to Mass-DAC visitors. Massachusetts resources Department of Public Health Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) -formerly Division of Health Care Finance & Policy Board of Registration in Medicine On-Line Physician Profile Search Cardiac care associations and registries American Heart Association (AHA) American College of Cardiology (ACC) ACC-National Cardiac Data Registry (NCDR)-CathPCI Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)-National Database Resources in other states Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group (NNCDSG) – VT, NH, and ME NNECDSG Meetings California CABG Outcomes Reporting Program (CCORP) New Jersey Cardiac Surgery New York State Cardiac Study New York State Cardiovascular Disease Data and Statistics Pennsylvania Cardiac Surgery Other helpful resources NPI Registry Search Page Department of Health Care Policy-Havard Medical School

Posted February 12, 2013 More
Cardiac Study Hospital Sites

Cardiac Study Hospital Sites

The Massachusetts Cardiac Study mandates data be collected for adult cardiac surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) hospital programs.  In 2013, 14 hospitals performed both cardiac surgery and PCIs, and 10 hospitals performed only PCIs, without cardiac surgery back-up in-hospital.  All 10 PCI only programs coordinate cardiac surgery back-up with at least one of the 14 cardiac surgery hospitals.

Posted February 11, 2013 More
Public Outreach

Public Outreach

Mass-DAC’s focus is on improving the quality of cardiac health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Public Outreach section, we provide information, in laymen’s terms, about coronary artery disease, research on cardiac care issues, abstracts of public report key points, links to cardiac care publications, and links to authoritative educational resources at major hospitals and national organizations.

Posted February 6, 2013 More