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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, 2012 through September 30, 2012. 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.

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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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Heart Failure Optimal Care Score

Explanation:
This represents the percentage of patients with heart failure who received all of the quality measures.


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