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Cardiovascular disease death rates decline, but risk factors still exact heavy toll
Date:12/20/2007

hospitals to increase adherence to treatment guidelines for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke and heart failure:
  • Using data from 58,847 patients who were admitted to 315 participating hospitals in 2006, the GWTGCAD program reports the composite quality of care based on several performance measures was 89 percent, up from 86.3 percent in 2005. Performance measures include whether patients received aspirin, cholesterol-lowering drugs and other medications when they were discharged from the hospital and whether they were counseled to quit smoking.
  • From 2006 data of 141,449 patients at 778 hospitals, the GWTGStroke program reports a composite quality of care score of 90 percent, up from 88 percent in 2005. Key performance measures for stroke include the administration of clot-busting therapy in eligible patients, proper anti-clotting medications during the hospital stay and, upon discharge, cholesterol-lowering therapy and counsel to quit smoking.
  • GWTGHeart Failure reports a composite quality of care score of 88 percent based on data from 35,576 patients in 231 hospitals in 2006, up from a 2005 composite score of 82.5. Performance measures include giving patients a complete set of discharge instructions, measuring left-ventricular function, counsel to quit smoking, and release from the hospital with proper medications.

While the quality of hospital care for patients with cardiovascular disease appears to be improving, the cost associated with cardiovascular disease will rise to a projected $448.5 billion in 2008, an increase of more than $16 billion over projections for 2007.

This Update contains a wealth of information that is useful for researchers, the media, policymakers, clinicians and the general public alike, said Lloyd-Jones. We hope it will raise awareness that cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of disability and death in the United States, is highly preventable and ve
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Contact: Cathy Lewis
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American Heart Association
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