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HDS-16.2 Data Details

HDS-16.2 Increase the proportion of adults aged 20 years and older who are aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Yes
Measure
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
39.6 (2008)
Target
43.6
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 20 years and over who were aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack
Denominator
Number of persons aged 20 years and over
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey Heart Disease Supplement:

[NUMERATOR:]

Which of the following would you say are the symptoms that someone may be having a heart attack?

Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

Feeling weak, lightheaded or faint.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

Chest pain or discomfort.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

Shortness of breath.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Periodic
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Persons are considered to be aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack if they respond “yes” to all the symptom questions listed in the NUMERATOR section. Persons are considered to be unaware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack if they respond “no” or “don’t know” to any of the symptom questions listed in the NUMERATOR section.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Sex: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Race/Ethnicity: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Educational Attainment: 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Family Income: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Family Type: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Country of Birth: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Disability Status: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Geographic Location: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Health Insurance Status: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64
  • Marital Status: 20-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Heathy People 2010 objective 12-2 that tracked knowledge of heart attack symptoms and the importance of calling 9-1-1 in that this objective separately tracks the first knowledge component, heart attack sympotms.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 42.0 to 39.6 percent due to changes in how the response “don’t know” is handled. Previously responses of “don’t know” were excluded, but they are now included as lack of awareness. The target was proportionally adjusted from 46.2 percent to 43.6 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.