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Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a condition in which the heart too weak to pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The entire body depends on the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood delivered by the heart for proper function. Heart failure may result from narrowed arteries that supply blood to the heart itself -- coronary artery disease. A past heart attack, extreme obesity, and/or high blood pressure may also contribute to heart failure.

Measures in this Category

Discharge Instructions:  Percent of heart failure patients or their care givers who were given written instructions or educational materials at discharge or during the hospital stay addressing all of the following: activity level, diet, discharge medications, follow-up appointment, weight monitoring, and what to do if symptoms worsen. (CMS)

ACEI or ARB for LVSD:  Percent of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), a condition where the heart doesn't pump enough blood throughout the body,who were given either an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) -- which are medications that help to relax the blood vessels -- at hospital discharge (CMS)

30-Day Death Rate for Heart Failure Patients:  Death rate of Medicare patients who were admitted to the hospital for heart failure and died within 30 days of hospital admission. The 30-day period is used because this is the time period when deaths are most likely to be related to the care patients received in the hospital. (CMS)

30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rate for Heart Failure Patients:  The risk-adjusted readmission rate of Medicare patients who were readmitted to the hospital for any reason within 30 days of being discharged from their initial heart failure related hospital admissions (CMS)