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Heart Attack

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when one of more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.


Crouse Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac care services. Our use of evidence-based treatment guidelines promotes consistency of care and positive patient outcomes. On a monthly basis, a special team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, cardiac nurses, quality improvement staff, and emergency response personnel meets to review the care of our heart attack patients and identify opportunities for improvement.


The charts below demonstrate how Crouse Hospital compares with other providers in the treatment of heart attack. Note: The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges July 2010 through June 2011. For more current information about Crouse Hospital’s progress in this area, contact our Quality Improvement Department.


July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

 

Why is this important?
Blood clots can block blood vessels. Aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming or help dissolve blood clots that have formed. Following a heart attack, continued use of aspirin may help reduce the risk of another heart attack. Aspirin can have side effects like stomach inflammation, bleeding, or allergic reactions. Talk with your healthcare provider before using aspirin on a regular basis to make sure it’s safe for you.


July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

 

Why is this important?
The heart is a muscle that gets oxygen through blood vessels. Sometimes blood clots can block these blood vessels, and the heart can’t get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack. Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) are procedures that are among the most effective ways to open blocked blood vessels and help prevent further heart muscle damage. A PCI is performed by a doctor to open the blockage and increase blood flow in blocked blood vessels. Improving blood flow to your heart as quickly as possible lessens the damage to your heart muscle. It also can increase your chances of surviving a heart attack. There are three procedures commonly described by the term PCI. These procedures all involve a catheter (a flexible tube) that is inserted, often through your leg, and guided through the blood vessels to the blockage. The three procedures are:

  • Angioplasty - a balloon is inflated to open the blood vessel.
  • Stenting - a small wire tube called a stent is placed in the blood vessel to hold it open.
  • Atherectomy - a blade or laser cuts through and removes the blockage.

July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

 

Why is this important?
Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Cholesterol levels that are too high can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems. For patients who had a heart attack and have high cholesterol, taking Statins can lower the chance that they’ll have another heart attack or die.


This measure shows the percent of patients who had a heart attack who got a prescription for a Statin before discharge from the hospital. Patients who shouldn’t take Statins aren’t included in this measure.


Higher numbers are better.


The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. For more current information about Crouse Hospital’s progress in this area, contact our Quality Improvement Department.

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