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Ever told had heart condition/disease

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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). In the 2002 and 2007 surveys, persons who acknowledged ever being diagnosed with any kind of heart disease other than coronary heart disease, angina pectoris, or a heart attack were asked whether they had this condition during the past 12 months (HEARTCONYR).

The Field Representative's Manual for 1997-2000 specifies some of the conditions that might be included under this heading: "Include as heart disease or heart condition any of the following: heart failure, chronic heart condition, rheumatic heart disease, atrial or mitral valve disease damage, etc."

Related Variables 

In 1997 and subsequent years, the survey collected information from sample adults about a number of specific conditions related to heart disease. In 1997 forward, sample adults were asked whether they were ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had angina pectoris (ANGIPECEV). Sample adults were also consistently asked whether they had ever been diagnosed with a heart attack or myocardial infarction (HEARTATTEV) or with coronary heart disease (CHEARTDIEV). In 2002 and 2007, follow-up questions for those giving affirmative answers covered whether sample adults had angina pectoris (ANGIPECYR), a heart attack (HEARTATYR), or coronary heart disease (CHEARTDIYR) during the past 12 months. The 1999 survey collected information on age when first diagnosed with a heart attack (HEARTATAGE).

In 1999 and 2002, the survey collected information on whether sample adults were ever diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CONHFAILEV) and, in 2002, about whether they had congestive heart failure during the past 12 months (CONHFAILYR).

The 1977 survey included a single, broad question covering all types of heart disease or heart trouble. Specifically, persons age 20 and older were asked, "During the past 12 months, did you have heart disease or heart trouble?" (HEARTDISYR).

For sample children, from 1997 forward, information was collected on whether the child was ever diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CONGHARTEV) or with some other (non-congenital) heart condition (NONCONHARTEV).


This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 1985; 1990: Sample persons age 18+.
  • 1997-2018: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1985, 1990, 1997-2018