A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is interrupted. Oxygen cannot get to the heart muscle, causing tissue damage or tissue death. Following certain steps in the event of a heart attack has proven to result in better outcomes. These include giving the right medications and performing certain interventions.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump the necessary amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to back up in the veins. Fluid pools in the liver, lungs and other parts of the body. Following certain steps when caring for patients with heart failure has proven to result in better outcomes. These include giving the right medications and providing proper counseling and instructions to patients.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collects data on established procedures related to the care of patients who have had heart attacks or heart failure.
Heart Attack Care
Heart Failure Care
CMS also calculates readmission rates for Medicare patients who are treated for heart attack and heart failure. Readmission is defined as being readmitted within 30 days of discharge for any reason. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has done significant work to reduce cardiovascular readmissions. As a result, we expect readmission rates to drop.
Additionally, CMS calculates mortality rates for Medicare patients who are treated for heart attack and heart failure. Mortality rates represent the 30-day death rate from discharge with heart attack and heart failure. They account for severity of disease and co-morbid conditions at the start of treatment (a co-morbid condition is another condition that patients have in addition to heart problems).