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Heart Failure Quality Measures

Heart failure is the weakening of the heart’s pumping power. With heart failure, your body does not get enough oxygen and other nutrients to meet its needs. These quality measures show the standards of care for this condition.

The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges July 1, 2011, through September 30, 2011. The top hospitals rate represents the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. The higher the score the better. Click here to view the legend for the graphs.

NOTE: DATA FOR MONTGOMERY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS PRELIMINARY UNTIL VALIDATED BY THEIR COMPARISON GROUP.

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Percentage of Patients given Ace Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)

Explanation:
ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotension receptor blockers) are medicines that are used to treat heart attacks, heart failure or a decreased function of the heart.


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Percentage of Patients given Assessment of Left Ventricular Function (LVF)

Explanation:
An LVF assessment checks how the left side of the heart is pumping.


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Percentage of Patients given Discharge Instructions

Explanation:
The staff at the hospital should provide you with information such as diet, activity, signs and symptoms of worsening conditions, medications, daily weight management and follow-up appointments.


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Percentage of Patients Advised to Stop Smoking

Explanation:
Smoking is linked to heart attacks. Quitting smoking may help prevent another heart attack. FirstHealth offers FirstQuit is a program to assist tobacco users through the quitting process. The program includes a customized quit plan, one-to-one health education, coping strategies, medication education, support group services and proven tools to help you quit. For more information, call (910) 715-1925 or toll-free at (877) 342-2255.

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Optimal Care for Heart Failure

Explanation:
This measurement represents the number of patients who received all of the recommended measures.


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