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Heart Attack Care

Comparing New England teaching hospitals with > 300 beds

You want to go to a hospital that…

  1. Sees the greatest number of patients with your condition
  2. Manages the most complex cases
  3. Achieves the best survival rates for your condition
  4. Avoids complications better and has fewer re-admissions

1. Who treats the most heart attack patients?

Number of heart attack patients treated, Medicare patients only

(Higher score is better)

  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (850)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (844)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (826)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (825)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (787)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (689)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (668)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (517)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (462)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (456)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (453)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (441)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (348)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (295)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (198)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (170)

2. Does Dartmouth-Hitchcock handle complex cases?

If a hospital handles highly complex cases of many types often, it is generally better prepared to provide expert care for complex diagnoses that need a lot of resources. Information on complex cases at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is available, but not for this specific condition.
Learn more about complex cases

3. How many heart attack patients don’t survive more than 30 days?

Heart attack mortality rate

(Lower score is better)

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (11.6%)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (11.7%)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (12.1%)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (12.3%)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (12.6%)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (12.8%)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (13.0%)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (13.4%)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (13.4%)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (13.6%)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (14.0%)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (14.1%)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (14.3%)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (14.6%)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (16.5%)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (17.1%)

4. How many heart attack patients go back to the hospital within 30 days?

Heart attack readmission rate

(Lower score is better)

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (14.2%)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (15.7%)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (15.9%)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (15.9%)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (15.9%)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (16.5%)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (16.8%)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (17.0%)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (17.1%)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (17.4%)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (17.6%)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (17.9%)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (18.6%)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (19.3%)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (19.6%)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (20.6%)

What does this mean for me?

  • Choose where to get care in advance, as the best care increases survival rates after serious hospitalizations.
  • The best heart attack care also reduces the possibility of patients having to return to the hospital.

How good is Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

  • Patients whose heart attacks are treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have better survival rates than at 95% of all U.S. hospitals that treat heart attacks.

What is Dartmouth-Hitchcock doing to improve heart attack care?

  • We are focused on quickly identifying heart attacks that may be difficult to diagnose.

What questions should I ask to get the best care?

  • Ask the hospital: How many heart attack patients do you care for?
  • Ask the provider: Do you have a specialty team for these patients?

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