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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. These quality measures show some of the standards of care provided, if appropriate, to someone who has heart failure. Click here for more information about heart failure care.

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 failure patients given ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction 96% 90% 80%
2. % of heart failure patients given assessment of left ventricular function if appropriate 97% 90% 95%
3. % of heart failure patients given discharge instructions if appropriate 87% 79%  100%
4. % of patients given smoking cessation counseling 98% 93% 100%
  1. ACE inhibitors and ARBs are medicine used to treat patients with heart failure and are particulaly beneficial in those patients with heart failure and decreased function on the left side of the heart.
  2. Proper treatment for heart failure depends on what area of the heart is affected. An important test is to check how your heart is pumping, called the "left ventricular function assessment."
  3. Heart failure is a chronic condition that can result in shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. Before you leave the hospital, staff should provide you with information to help you manage your symptoms.
  4. Smoking increases your risk of devloping blood clots and heart disease which can lead to a heart attack, heart failure or stroke. It is important that you receive information to help you quit smoking before your leave the hospital.

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