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Heart Attack

Heart Attack

Heart Attack

The graphs below display how well St. Mary's performs in key quality measures when compared against all other hospitals in the United States in caring for patients having a Heart Attack.

 

 

 

Why is giving aspirin to patients having a heart attack so important?

Evidence-based practice has demonstrated that giving aspirin to patients during the early stages of a heart attack results in fewer patient deaths and better outcomes for those patients who survive their heart attack.  - Source:  The Joint Commission

 This quality measure is the percentage of patients having heart attack and received aspirin within 24 hours before to 24 hours after hospital arrival.

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 Why is it important for heart attack patients to be prescribed aspirin at the time of discharge?

National guidelines strongly recommend long-term aspirin use for the secondary prevention of subsequent cardiovascular events in patients discharged after having a heart attack.  - Source: The Joint Commission

This quality measure is the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed aspirin at hospital discharge.

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 What is an ACE Inhibitor or ARB and why is it important for patients who have had a heart attack?

 ACE Inhibitor stands for Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor.  It is a medicine used to treat heart attacks, heart failure or a decreased function of the left ventricle of the heart.  It stops the production of a hormone that can narrow blood vessels.  ARB stands for Angiotensin Receptor Blocker and is an acceptable alternative to ACE Inhibitors for patients who may not be able to tolerate an ACE Inhibitor. 

The use of ACE Inhibitor or an ARB results in fewer patient deaths and better outcomes for those patients whose heart is weakened after having a heart attack.  - Source: The Joint Commission

This quality measure is the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed and ACE Inhibitor or ARB on hospital discharge.

 

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Why is receiving a beta blocker at hospital discharge important for patients who have had a heart attack?

Studies have shown that long-term use of beta blockers for patients who have had a heart attack can decrease risk of death and ill health by as much as 20 percent.

National guidelines strongly recommend long-term beta blocker use for the prevention of additional cardiovascular events in patients discharged ater a heart attack.

This quality measure is the percentage of heart attack patients whe were prescribed a beta blocker at hospital discharge. - Source: The Joint Commission

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 What is PCI and why is that important to surviving a heart attack?

PCI stands for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.  It is a procdure performed by a trained cardiologist  to open a blocked coronary artery, and thus stopping the heart attack at that point. Speed to treatment, (also referred to as "door-to-balloon time"), is critical. - Source: The Joint Commission

This quality measure is the percentage of patients having a heart attack, who received PCI within 90 minutes of hospital arrival.  

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