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Heart Attack Outcomes

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack, also called an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), occurs when an area of heart muscle dies or is permanently damaged because of an inadequate supply of oxygen to that area.

Why is this important to you as a patient?

When someone is having a heart attack, timely, clear-cut treatment is critical. Evidence has shown that patients who receive specific treatments and medications at certain times experience the best outcomes. These treatments are called “process of care measures” and reflect our commitment to excellent patient care.

We use the following Heart Attack Process of Care Measures to determine the quality of care for patients who are admitted to the hospital for the treatment of a heart attack.

Our results:

Heart Attack Process of Care Measures UF Health Shands Hospital State Average National Average
Percent of heart attack patients given aspirin at discharge 98% 99% 99%
Percent of heart attack patients given a prescription for a statin at discharge 99% 99% 98%
Heart attack patients given Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) within 90 minutes of arrival 100% 96% 96%

How do we compare?

The comparisons show our outcomes compared to the state and nation’s hospitals average. 

UF Health Shands Hospital either exceeds the national average of heart attack care standards achieved by the nation’s hospitals for patients given a statin at discharge and Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) given within 90 minutes of arrival.

You may view the details for each measurement by visiting the CMS web site called Hospital Compare.” 

Mortality within 30 days of discharge from the hospital (%)

Why is this important to you as a patient?

Mortality rate is an indicator of an excellent patient care process.

Results:

Heart Attack Mortality

A lower number is better.
Source: CMS Hospital Compare Website

How do we compare?

The comparison shown compares our outcomes to the U.S. national rate.

UF Health Shands Hospital is slightly lower than the nation for heart attack mortality.

Readmission within 30 days of discharge from the hospital (%)

Why is this important to you as a patient?

Some patients may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be admitted to the hospital again. A readmission can often be prevented with a well communicated plan that includes patients and families. A lower number indicates more efficient and effective care.

Results

Heart Attack Readmissions graph

A lower number is better.
Source: CMS Hospital Compare Website

How do we compare outcomes?

The national comparison shown compares our outcomes to the U.S. national rate.

UF Health Shands Hospital is similar to the national average for readmission.