Percent of Heart Attack Patients Given Aspirin at Arrival to Hospital
Why Is This Important?
The heart is a muscle that gets oxygen through blood vessels. Sometimes blood clots can block these blood vessels and the heart cannot get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack. Chewing an aspirin as soon as symptoms of a heart attack begin may help reduce the severity of the attack.
About This Graph
The graph below shows the percent of eligible heart attack patients who were given (or took) aspirin within 24 hours of arrival at HealthAlliance Hospital, as compared 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?
We have consistently achieved a level of performance above our peers nationally and comparable statewide. We have achieved our goal of 100 percent in this measure for all patients at all times.