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Date:10/3/2007

y improvement program provides information and tools on the latest guidelines and evidence-based treatments and therapies for healthcare professionals who treat people with heart disease and stroke. More than 1,400 hospitals across the country are applying GWTG practices in their patient care.

"Data shows that since the initiative was first launched in 2002, patients being cared for in GWTG-participating hospitals are getting more of the treatments and education they need to live healthier lives," Fonarow said. "There is significant improvement in the percentage of heart attack, heart failure and stroke patients receiving indicated therapies upon admission, as well as those who are getting smoking cessation counseling, treatment to improve their cholesterol, and beta blockers and other medications known to improve their long-term health outcomes."

Fonarow said the program provides another valuable tool -- a database now rich with more than one million patient records and the insight that information can give for improving patient care in the future.

"Using the GWTG database, we can conduct valuable research, just as we did with this study, that can help us find gaps in care, as well as trends in performance and outcomes," he said. "And we can use this research to help develop the best treatment guidelines and better assist healthcare providers in adhering to those guidelines. That will result in patients with heart disease and stroke living healthier, longer lives."

For more information, visit http://www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing disability and death from diseases of the heart and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascula
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