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Ever told had heart attack or heart disease

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This variable indicates if the respondent was ever told by a doctor that they had a heart attack, heart failure, a chronic heart condition, or rheumatic heart disease. Definitions of these terms were not provided to respondents and were respondent-defined.

Related Variables

For 1985, 1990, 1997-2009, HEARTCONEV identifies sample adults whom a doctor or other health professional ever diagnosed as having any kind of heart condition or disease other than coronary heart disease, angina pectoris, or a heart attack (myocardial infarction). See this variable description for a list of heart-condition related variables.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1988: Sample persons age 18+.
  • 1995: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement).


  • 1988, 1995