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Clinical Performance - Heart Failure

Clinical Performance - Heart Failure

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power.  With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs.
 
Indicators of care suggested for heart failure as a core measure are listed below.  Click each indicator to learn why it’s important and how Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) compares nationally for that indicator.
 
The statistics below were compiled July 2012 – June 2013, as reported to the Hospital Quality Alliance.

Discharge Instructions

 
Higher percentages are better.
 
Why is this indicator important?
 
This chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients who received information to help them manage the symptoms after they get home.  The information should include:
  • activity level
  • diet
  • medications
  • follow-up appointment
  • watching your daily weight
  • what to do if your symptoms get worse

ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)

 
Higher percentages are better.
 
Why is this indicator important?
 
ACE inhibitors and ARBs are medicines used to treat patients with heart failure.  The medications are particularly beneficial to patients with decreased function of the left side of the heart (LVSD).  Early treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs can reduce their risk of death from future heart attacks.
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