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. The results of these process of care measures are reported on the department’s public Web site, Hospital Compare.
The most recent reporting period was January 2009 through December 2009.
CMS also calculates mortality rates for Medicare patients who are treated for heart attack. Mortality rates represent the 30-day death rate from heart attack and are adjusted to account for how sick patients are at the start of treatment. The most recent heart attack mortality data are for discharges that occurred between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2009. During this period, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center was among only 95 hospitals in the country—and only nine in Massachusetts—to have a better-than-average mortality rate. View the mortality rate data on Hospital Compare.
The Leapfrog Group sets volume standards for certain high-risk procedures, including some cardiovascular procedures. Hospitals report their volumes via the Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey. View Lahey's volumes for high-risk cardiovascular procedures.