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Results for Heart Failure

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Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart doesn't pump enough blood, and the oxygen and nutrients it carries, to meet the body's needs.

Although heart failure is almost always a long-term condition, it can sometimes develop suddenly.

The following measures look at how well we manage the care of patients hospitalized for heart failure and whether we provided the treatment and medications clinically proven to be the most effective.

Because quality information is often written in "technical jargon," please click on the question mark to get an explanation of what each measure means.

You can look up the performance of the hospital of your choice by going to the Hospital Compare website. Below are MaineGeneral's results:

Key

Better than
U.S. average
Near U.S. average
(within 10%)
Below U.S.
average

   * = number of cases is too
   small (less than 20) to reliably 
   predict performance

   blank = does not apply

 

Measure What's this? MGMC current: 
April - June 2013
Maine  U.S.
  • % of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction given ACE Inhibitor or ARB
100 97 97
  • % of heart failure inpatients assessed for LVF
  100 100  99
  • % of heart failure patients given discharge instructions
100 96 93

 

The Maine average represents the average score for 36 acute care hospitals in Maine.

The national average consists of the 3,822 hospitals throughout the country participating in the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA): Improving Care through Information.

The data is validated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explanations

% of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction given ACE Inhibitor or ARB
The percentage of patients with a particular form of heart failure who were prescribed an angioitensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE Inhibitor) or angioensin receptor blocker (ARB). These classes of drugs are used in the treatment of heart failure which improves survival.

% of heart failure inpatients assessed for LVF
The percentage of heart failure patients who were given left ventricular function (LVF) assessment. This test determines if the left ventricle of the heart is working effectively. It is performed before arrival, during their hospitalization or planned after discharge. Identifying patients with LVF is important to evaluating and managing these patients' care needs.

% of heart failure patients given discharge instructions
The percentage of heart failure patients who received care instructions or educational material on diet, activity, weight monitoring, medication, follow-up appointments and information on what to do if symptoms get worse. Educating patients with heart failure and their families is critical to avoid re-hospitalization.

% of heart attack patients given smoking cessation advice/counseling
The percentage of patients who smoke who received advice and counseling on smoking cessation while in the hospital. Smoking is linked to heart attacks and quitting may help prevent future heart attacks.