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Heart Attack Care

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Over a million people in the U.S. suffer a heart attack each year, but it is possible to resume a healthy life with fast and thorough treatment and follow-up care. Heart attacks occur when blood vessels blocked by plaque prevent the necessary flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. Patients may survive a heart attack if the blood flow is restored quickly. To avoid irreversible damage to patients showing signs and symptoms of heart attack, treatments should begin as soon as possible, with the goal of restoring blood flow within 90 minutes after arrival to the hospital.

Aspirin Prescribed At Discharge

This measures the percentage of eligible heart attack patients prescribed aspirin when released from the hospital.

Why this is important.
Primary PCI Received Within 90 Minutes Of Hospital Arrival

This measures the percentage of eligible heart attack patients who received percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) within 90 minutes of their arrival at the hospital. PCI may refer to angioplasty or stenting.

Why this is important.
Statin (Cholesterol Medicine) Prescribed At Discharge

This measures the percentage of eligible heart attack patients who were prescribed statins at discharge.

Why this is important.
Aspirin At Arrival (Outpatient)

This measures the percentage of patients with chest pain or possible heart attack who receive an aspirin within 24 hours of arrival to the hospital.

Why this is important.
Median Time To ECG (Outpatient)

This measures the time from emergency department arrival to electrocardiogram (ECG) for patients 18 years and older with heart attack symptoms or chest pain (faster is better).

Why this is important.

Current Data Collection

Virtua Data Range: Oct. 1, 2013 - Sept. 30, 2014
National Data Range: Apr. 1, 2013 - Mar. 31, 2014