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 (01/13-08/13)||
|Georgia average* (04/12-03/13)||US average* (04/12-03/13)|
|Number of records reviewed for these indicators during time period||NA-no cases||144||NA||NA|
|Aspirin on arrival-no longer tracked||NA (no cases)||98.4%||NA||NA|
|Aspirin prescribed at discharge||NA (no cases)||93.3%||99.0%||99.0%|
|ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction- no longer tracked||NA (no cases)||100% (12 cases)||97.8%||97.5%|
|Beta-Blocker prescribed at discharge-no longer tracked||NA (no cases)||93.4%||NA||NA|
|Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) received within 90 minutes of hospital arrival||NA (no cases)||73.7% (19 cases)||95.0%||95.0%|
|Statin prescribed at discharge||NA (no cases)||95.2%||98.0%||98.0%|
* Georgia and US average percentages are delayed 6-7 months
Aspirin on Arrival-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who received aspirin within 24 hours of arriving. Aspirin can help break up blood clots and prevent new ones from forming. It may reduce the severity of a heart attack.
Aspirin Prescribed at Discharge-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed regular aspirin use when they were discharged. Regular aspirin use may reduce the risk of another heart attack.
ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction-Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are drugs that are especially helpful for people with damage on the left side of their heart (left ventricular systolic dysfunction). Both ACE inhibitors and ARBs can help reduce the risk of death after a heart attack by lowering blood pressure. This score shows the percentage of people with left ventricular systolic dysfunction who were prescribed ACE inhibitors or ARBs when they were discharged.
Smoking Cessation-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who currently smoke or have smoked in the last year who received information to help them stop smoking before they were discharged. Smoking increases the risk of heart attack. Patients who successfully quit smoking may reduce their risk of having a second heart attack.
Beta Blocker prescribed at Discharge-This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed a beta blocker drug when discharged from the hospital. Beta blockers lower blood pressure, slow the heart rate, and open blood vessels throughout the body.
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.