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Quality Measures

Heart Failure Care

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. These measures show some of the recommended treatments provided for most adults with heart failure.

Effective Heart Failure Care

Heart failure patients given discharge instructions

Abington Memorial Hospital 94%
Lansdale Hospital 99% *
Pennsylvania Average 95%
National Average 94%

Higher percentages are better.

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Before you leave the hospital, the staff at the hospital should provide you with information to help you manage the symptoms after you get home.

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Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

Heart failure patients given an evaluation of left ventricular systolic (LVS) function

Abington Memorial Hospital 100%
Lansdale Hospital 100% *
Pennsylvania Average 100%
National Average 99%

Higher percentages are better.

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • The proper treatment for heart failure depends on what area of your heart is affected. An important test is to check how your heart is pumping, called an "evaluation of the left ventricular systolic function." It can tell your health care provider whether the left side of your heart is pumping properly.

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*
Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

Heart failure patients given ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD)

Abington Memorial Hospital 99%
Lansdale Hospital 96% *
Pennsylvania Average 97%
National Average 97%

Higher percentages are better.

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) are medicines used to treat patients with heart failure and are particularly beneficial in those patients with decreased function of the left side of the heart.
  • Early treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs in patients who have heart failure symptoms or decreased heart function after a heart attack can also reduce their risk of death from future heart attacks.
  • ACE inhibitors and ARBs work by limiting the effects of a hormone that narrows blood vessels, and may thus lower blood pressure and reduce the work the heart has to perform.

footnotes:
*
Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

Source: The information was provided from Hospital Compare (for the months of April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013), a quality tool developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  You may use the information in Hospital Compare together with the other information you gather about hospitals as you decide where to get hospital services. You may want to contact your health care provider, your State Survey Agency or your state Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for more information. If you have a complaint about the quality of the medical care you or a loved one received at a hospital, first contact the hospital's patient advocate. Or, contact your state QIO. If you have other complaints about a health care facility, contact your State Survey Agency. Additional information about hospitals may be found on the state websites.