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A heart attack happens when the arteries leading to the heart become blocked and the blood supply is slowed or stopped. These quality measures show some of the standards of care provided, if appropriate, to someone who has a heart attack. Click here for more information on heart attacks.

The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges October 2008 - September 2009. Timing of this information is based on release of information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Green is for scores equal to or above the state and national averages.
Yellow is for scores between the state or national average.
Red is for scores below both the national and state averages.

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1. % of heart attack patients given ACE inhibitor or ARB for left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction 96% 92% N/A
2. % of patients given aspirin at arrival 99% 95% 100%
3. % of patients given aspirin at discharge 98% 94% 100%
4. % of patients given beta blocker at discharge 99% 94% 100%
5. % of patients given fibronolytic medication w/in 30 minutes of arrival if appropriate 50% 45% 0%
  1. ACE Inhibitors and ARBs are medicines used to treat people with heart failure.
  2. Chewing an aspirin as soon as symptoms of a heart attack begin may help reduce the severity of the attack.
  3. Following a heart attack, continued use of aspirin may help reduce the risk of another heart attack.
  4. Beta blockers are a type of medicine that is used to lower blood pressure, treat chest pain and heart failure, and to prevent a heart attack. Beta blockers relieve stress on your heart by slowing the heart rate and reducing the force with which your heart muscles contract to pump blood. If you have a heart attack, you should get a prescription for a beta blocker before you leave the hospital.
  5. Thrombolitics are medicines that can help dissolve blood clots in blood vessels and improve blood flow to the heart.

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