Treating Heart-Attack

Definition of a Heart Attack

A heart attack (also referred to as AMI or acute myocardial infarction) occurs when the blood vessels that feed the heart are obstructed and the blood supply is decreased or stopped. A heart attack is a serious medical emergency that can lead to significant health consequences including death.

Core Measures for Heart Attack

Core Measures indicate how many patients at Southeast Georgia Health System receive treatments commonly regarded as effective in treating heart attacks. We compare our scores to other facilities at the national and state level.

Heart Attack Indicator
 NA: no cases identified that met criteria for indicator
Camden average   (01/15-06/15) Brunswick average
Georgia average* (10/13-09/14) US average* (10/13-09/14)
Number of records reviewed for these indicators during time period NA (no cases) 120 NA NA
Aspirin prescribed at arrival --- 99.2% 99.0% 99.0%
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) received within 90 minutes of hospital arrival NA (no cases) 72.2% (18 cases) 96.0% 96.0%
Statin prescribed at discharge (measure retired Dec 2014) --- --- 99.0% 98.0%

* Georgia and US average percentages are delayed 6-7 months

Aspirin Prescribed at admission-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed regular aspirin when they came into the hospital. Regular aspirin use may reduce the risk of another heart attack.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) within 90 Minutes-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who present to the Emergency Care Center and received a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital for a heart attack defined as ST elevation. Another name for PCI is angioplasty. It involves inserting a small tube into a vessel in the leg, threading the tube up to the heart, and inflating a small balloon on the end of the tube to open blocked vessels. Patients who need a "primary" PCI are facing an extremely urgent situation and must have balloon angioplasty within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital. This time frame is known as "door-to-balloon time" and can mean the difference between life and death.

Statin prescribed at Discharge-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed a statin drug when discharged from the hospital. Statins are prescribed to reduce cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Evidence shows that a statin medication may prevent another heart attack or decrease the risk of dying from a heart attack.