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    Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-7111

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Heart Attack and Stroke Data Collection Overview

Background and Purpose

During the 83rd, 84th, and 85th Regular Texas Legislative Sessions (Riders 97, 67, and 13, respectively), funds were appropriated to advance heart attack and stroke reduction efforts throughout Texas. These funds were allocated to the Heart Attack and Stroke Data Collection Initiative. The Initiative focuses on pre-hospitalization and hospitalization portions of the overall heart attack and stroke systems of care.

In an effort to guide implementation of the Initiative, DSHS formed a Collaborative comprised of representatives from governor-appointed committees, state-mandated regional advisory councils, nonprofit organizations, and other pre-hospital and hospital stakeholders. 

Data Collection Process

Our data collection efforts focus on pre-hospital and hospital heart attack and stroke data elements, with a particular focus on ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). The collection of comprehensive data will enable DSHS to conduct gap analyses and identify areas for improvement. Thus, leading to improved systems of care and outcomes for patients.

Pre-Hospital Data Collection

Pre-hospital data is accessed through the EMS & Trauma Registries. The registry is a statewide passive surveillance system that collects reportable event data from EMS providers, hospitals, Justices of the Peace, Medical Examiners, and rehabilitation facilities.

Hospital Data Collection

Hospital data is not collected through any statewide surveillance system. DSHS accesses de-identified hospital data through national registries. Hospitals must authorize the sharing of their data before DSHS can access; hospitals do not submit their data directly to DSHS.

Gap analysis reports can be found below and are distributed to stakeholders across the state.

 2020 Annual STEMI Report
 2020 Annual Stroke Report
2019 Annual STEMI Report
2019 Annual Stroke Report 
2018 Annual STEMI Report 
2018 Annual Stroke Report 
2018 Supplemental Report of Texas ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) and Heart Attack System of Care
2018 A Supplemental Report of Texas Stroke System of Care

For more information on how to participate, please visit the Hospital Participation page.

Collaborative Members 

DSHS Program Staff

Jessica Hyde, MS, CHES
Chronic Disease Branch Manager
Phone: (512) 776-6573
Email: JessicaR.Hyde@dshs.texas.gov 

Last updated May 3, 2021