Validation of self-reported history of acute myocardial infarction: experience of the Minnesota Heart Survey Registry

Epidemiology. 1995 Jan;6(1):67-9. doi: 10.1097/00001648-199501000-00013.


Accurate separation of new cases of acute myocardial infarction from prevalent cases is critical for assessing trends in morbidity in population-based studies. This report presents data on the validity of self-reported history of previous acute myocardial infarction among 3,703 patients admitted to a coronary care unit with suspicion of acute myocardial infarction. We substantiated the history of a prior event for 60% of those who reported one (629 of 1,053) and found 40% to be false-positive histories. Much of the false-positive reporting was related to previous cardiac hospitalizations, predominantly (40%) for unstable angina.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Mental Recall*
  • Minnesota / epidemiology
  • Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology*
  • Recurrence
  • Registries
  • Reproducibility of Results