Principal Investigator: Dr. Enid J. García Rivera, Endowed Health Services Research Center


cardiovascular databases

The Cardiovascular Surveillance Study was established to improve the existing infrastructure for the study of health disparities associated with cardiovascular conditions in Puerto Rico. The development of this comprehensive database has allow us to increase the resources available to clinicians and researchers to evaluate factors associated with favorable or unfavorable outcomes of hospitalized patients with cardiovascular diseases. This project collects epidemiological and clinical data of hospitalized patients in about 21 hospitals in Puerto Rico with cardiovascular conditions, specifically myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and stroke. At this moment the data is available for the years 2007, 2009, 2011. We expect to continue the collection of data to at least five cohorts of patients that allow us to monitor trends during those years. In the database, we collect more than 500 indicators associated with the hospital experience of the patients, including, among other, demographic data and clinical presentations, acute management, procedures and medications, length of stay, hospital complications, and in-hospital mortality. We have more than 16,000 records that have been reviewed. This database is available for students, residents, clinicians, and researchers interested in the study of health disparities in cardiovascular conditions.


The Cardiovascular Surveillance Databases are available for researchers who are interested in working with them. For more information please contact us.   

To read more about studies using the Cardiovascular Surveillance Database, click here.