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OBJECTIVES To study the infarct size and mortality in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and in non-diabetic subjects with their first acute myocardial infarction. DESIGN Seven year follow-up study of large representative cohorts of patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and non-diabetic subjects (study 1) and the(More)
We studied the validity of the Finnish hospital discharge register data on coronary heart disease (CHD) for the purposes of epidemiologic studies and health services research. The Finnish nationwide hospital discharge register (HDR) was linked with the FINMONICA acute myocardial infarction (AMI) register for the years 1983-1990. The frequency of errors in(More)
BACKGROUND Large geographical variation in the incidence and mortality of cardiovascular disease (CHD) has been repeatedly reported in Finland with persistent difference between east and west. We undertook this study to estimate the geographical distribution of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) incidence in the high-risk province of North Karelia and in the(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to produce stable estimates for the incidence, attack and mortality rates and case fatality of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The Tallinn AMI register covers the population aged 25-64 years and official residents of Tallinn. The register follows the(More)
BACKGROUND AND DESIGN The recent introduction of sensitive markers of myocardial injury is likely to affect the epidemiology of coronary heart disease (CHD). The American Heart Association together with other societies and research agencies have recently published a new definition on acute CHD to improve consistency in epidemiological and clinical studies(More)
BACKGROUND Low socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with increased coronary heart disease mortality rates. There are, however, very little data on the relation of SES to the incidence, recurrence, and prognosis of myocardial infarction (MI) events. METHODS AND RESULTS The FINMONICA MI Register recorded detailed information on all MI events among men(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine socioeconomic differences in case fatality and prognosis of myocardial infarction (MI) events, and to estimate the contributions of incidence and case fatality to socioeconomic differences in coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality. DESIGN A population-based MI register study. METHODS The FINMONICA MI Register recorded all MI events(More)
The acute myocardial infarction (AMI) register of the FINMONICA study, the Finnish part of the WHO-coordinated multinational MONICA project, operates in the provinces of North Karelia and Kuopio in eastern Finland and in Turku, Loimaa and in communities around Loimaa in southwestern Finland. The AMI register serves as an instrument for the assessment of(More)
The acute myocardial infarction (AMI) register of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, started in 1990. The register follows methodology recommended by the WHO MONICA Project for the registration of coronary events. By standardizing its procedures with the FINMONICA AMI register, the Tallinn AMI register aims at producing data comparable with those of the(More)
BACKGROUND The rate of coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in eastern Finland has been the highest in the world. The official mortality statistics suggest, however, that is has declined by 60% during the past 20 years. The aim of the present study was to examine the contributions of incidence, recurrence, and case fatality of coronary events to the(More)