Heart Attack Measures

(Benchmark data updated March, 2015)

Heart Attack Patients Given Aspirin at Discharge

Mary Greeley
100%

Iowa Hospitals
100%

U.S. Hospitals
99%

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Blood clots can block blood vessels. Aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming or help dissolve blood clots that have formed. Following a heart attack, continued use of aspirin may help reduce the risk of another heart attack.
  • Aspirin can have side effects like stomach inflammation, bleeding, or allergic reactions. Talk to your health care provider before using aspirin on a regular basis to make sure it’s safe for you.

Higher percentages are better.


Heart Attack Patients Given PCI within 90 Minutes of Arrival

Mary Greeley
90%

Iowa Hospitals
95%

U.S. Hospitals
96%

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • The heart is a muscle that gets oxygen through blood vessels. Sometimes blood clots can block these blood vessels, and the heart cannot get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack.
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) are procedures that are among the most effective ways to open blocked blood vessels and help prevent further heart muscle damage. A PCI is performed by a doctor to open the blockage and increase blood flow in blocked blood vessels. Improving blood flow to your heart as quickly as possible lessens the damage to your heart muscle. It also can increase your chances of surviving a heart attack.
  • There are three procedures commonly described by the term PCI. These procedures all involve a catheter (a flexible tube) that is inserted, often through your leg, and guided through the blood vessels to the blockage. The three procedures are:
  • Angioplasty - a balloon is inflated to open the blood vessel.
  • Stenting - a small wire tube called a stent is placed in the blood to hold it open.
  • Atherectomy - a blade or laser cuts through and removes the blockage.

Higher percentages are better.


Heart Attack Patients Given a Prescription for a Statin at Discharge

Mary Greeley
100%

Iowa Hospitals
99%

U.S. Hospitals
98%

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Cholesterol levels that are too high can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems. For patients who have had one or more heart attacks and have high cholesterol, taking Statins can lower the chance that they’ll have another heart attack or die.
  • This measure shows the percent of patients who had a heart attack who got a prescription for a Statin before discharge from the hospital. Patients who shouldn’t take Statins aren’t included in this measure.

    Higher numbers are better.

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