Heart Attack Measures July 2011 to June 2012
Note: Data pulled from Midas+ information system. “CA Average” represents the most recent benchmark available on the CMS Hospital Compare website.
Explanation of Measures
Percent of Patients Given Aspirin at Arrival
Aspirin can help keep blood clots from forming and dissolve blood clots that can cause heart attacks. Learn more.
Percent of Patients Given Aspirin at Discharge
Taking aspirin may help prevent further heart attacks. Learn more.
Percent of Heart Attack Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction
ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) are medicines used to treat heart attacks, heart failure, or a decreased function of the heart. Learn more.
Percent of Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
Smoking is linked to heart attacks. Quitting may help prevent another heart attack. Learn more.
Percent of Patients Given Beta Blocker at Discharge
Beta blockers are a type of medicine used to lower blood pressure, treat chest pain (angina) and heart failure, and to help prevent a heart attack. Learn more.
Percent of Patients Given PCI Within 90 Minutes Of Arrival
The procedures called Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) are among the most effective for opening blocked blood vessels that cause heart attacks. Doctors may perform PCI, or give medicine to open the blockage. In some cases, they may do both. Learn more.
Note: No data is currently available for the measure “Percent of Patients Given Fibrinolytic Medication Within 30 Minutes Of Arrival.” The number of patients medically qualifying for thrombolytic medication is less than the number needed to produce a reliable statistical analysis. Also, thrombolytic medication is not a recommended care practice for hospitals (like Scripps) that have cardiac catheterization labs.