Percent of Heart Attack Patients Given Aspirin at Discharge
Why Is This Important?
Blood clots can block blood vessels. Aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming or help dissolve blood clots that have formed. Following a heart attack, continued use of aspirin may help reduce the risk of another heart attack. Aspirin can have side effects like stomach inflammation, bleeding or allergic reactions. Patients should talk to their health care provider before using aspirin on a regular basis to make sure it is safe.
About This Graph
The graph below shows the percent of eligible heart attack patients who were prescribed aspirin as part of their instructions for their continued care upon discharge from HealthAlliance Hospital. The graph compares HealthAlliance Hospital with other hospitals in Massachusetts and the United States. Higher percentages indicate better care. (Graph data: October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011)
How Are We Doing?
Through the efforts of multiple members of our health care teams, we have been able to meet our goal of 100 percent.