Outcomes for Heart Attack Patients at UTMB

Heart Attack, also called an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), happens when one of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked and the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart muscle is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle doesn't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the affected heart tissue may die. Heart attacks most commonly occur in people with coronary heart disease (CHD).

Length of Stay

Length of stay in health care refers to the period of time (in days) that spans from when a patient was admitted to the hospital to the time they are discharged.

UTMB’s length of stay index for patients who have suffered a heart attack is higher than 1. This means that these patients who suffered a heart attack are staying in the hospital longer than expected, with the average stay lasting a little less than six days in 2015.

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UTMB defines hospital readmission as patient admission to a hospital within 30 days after being discharged from an earlier hospital stay.

UTMB’s 30-day all-cause readmission rate for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly referred to as a heart attack,has improved over the years. However, it is still higher than our Academic Medical Center Peers. In 2015, less than 14% of patients with an AMI came back to UTMB for problems related or unrelated to their heart attack.

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Mortality Rates

Mortality rate in health care refers to the number of people that died from their illness or injury at the hospital.

UTMB’s mortality index for patients who suffered a heart attack in 2015 is better (lower than) than 1.00, meaning that fewer heart attack patients died than predicted. Stated differently, UTMB saved the lives of two heart attack patients who were predicted to die this past year. UTMB’s mortality index for this condition was nearly 10% lower than our Academic Medical Center Peers' average in 2015.

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