Heart Attacks

Success In Treating Heart Attacks

The graphic below represents the number of heart attack patients who received perfect care* meaning that patients were given the right medications, at the right time, and had all appropriate tests performed on their hearts.

All data current as of 2nd Quarter 2014



There are several key factors in what is widely considered appropriate heart attack care:


Aspirin given when heart attack patients arrive at the hospital

A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Blood flow can be blocked by a clot. Aspirin is a medicine that prevents clots. Taking Aspirin can slow the growth of the blood clot that is blocking blood flow to the heart.   This indicator includes how many patients received Aspirin at arrival to the hospital.


Aspirin prescribed to heart attack patients at discharge

Aspirin can help prevent a heart attack by preventing blood clots from forming. Research shows that taking Aspirin daily can reduce the chance of a heart attack. This indicator shows how many patients were prescribed Aspirin when they were discharged.


Medications prescribed to heart attack patients to help their heart pump better

When the heart is having trouble pumping blood a medicine called an ACE Inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker is prescribed to help the heart pump blood better.  This indicator measures how many patients received these drugs to help their heart pump properly.


Heart attack patients prescribed Beta-blockers at discharge

A medicine called a Beta-blocker is prescribed to help ease the workload of the heart. Beta-blockers help the heart beat slower and less forcefully. This is important to reduce blood pressure and prevent irregular heartbeats. This indicator measures how many patients were prescribed a Beta-blocker at discharge.


PCIs performed within 90 minutes of hospital arrival

Blood vessels in the heart provide the heart with oxygen. Sometimes these blood vessels can be blocked by blood clots and the heart’s muscles cannot get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack.Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) is a procedure that opens blocked blood vessels allowing blood flow to the heart again. This helps prevent further damage to the heart’s muscles. Bringing back blood flow to the heart quickly helps to lessen damage to the heart’s muscle and increases survival of a heart attack. This indicator measures patients who received the PCI procedure within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital.


Statin medications prescribed to heart attack patients at discharge

By keeping your cholesterol low you can reduce your risk of heart disease. If you have high cholesterol it is important to take a medication called a statin to lower your cholesterol level. This indicator shows how many patients received a statin prescription at discharge.



*The Perfect Care Score shows the percentage of patients cared for at Kaweah Delta Health Care District who had all Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Medicare quality measures done perfectly.

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