- Study cohort: Albertans diagnosed with Acute Cardiac Syndromes (ACS) for which three years of follow-up data is available, focusing on patients undergoing cardiac catheterization during the index hospitalization.
- Data analyzed: anatomical and clinical data entries in the APPROACH database (Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease), medications data from the Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN), diagnoses from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) and the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), claims data from the Alberta Health Practitioner Claims Database, and mortality data from Alberta Vital Statistics.
- These data have been used for several research projects, including the following:
- Evaluating short (30-day) and long-term (1-year) clinical outcomes for patients with ACS, including death, myocardial infarction (MI), repeated revascularization, and repeated hospitalization and associated treatments (medical management versus percutaneous coronary intervention versus coronary artery bypass grafting).
- Analyzing regional variations in treatment.
- Analyzing medication efficacy.
- Analyzing costs associated with each therapeutic strategy.
- CVC faculty involvement: Robert Welsh, Kevin Bainey, Padma Kaul, Paul Armstrong