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 UMass Memorial Medical Center. The graph compares UMass Memorial Medical Center with other hospitals in Massachusetts and the United States. Higher percentages indicate better care. (Graph data: October 2011- September 2012.)
How Are We Doing?
While UMass Memorial Medical Center achieved 100 percent performance for this indicator in our most recent quarter, we continue to monitor our care to identify any incidences where we did not meet the standard. Results are updated quarterly in order to provide the most up-to-date information.