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This data represents what percentage of the time MultiCare follows these actions in relation to the statewide average for Washington hospitals.
- Assessment of left ventricular function
- Prescribing ACE Inhibitors and ARBs on discharge
- Providing discharge instructions for self-management
- Smoking Cessation Counseling
Assessment of left ventricular function
Heart failure is a complex medical condition. There are several types of heart failure with a variety of causes. For these reasons, you will likely have several different tests over a period of time to help diagnose the cause of the disease and find out how severe it is. Assessing how well the left ventricle of your heart (lower left heart chamber) is working is one of those tests.
ACE inhibitors often are used for people who have recently had a heart attack and who have heart failure or decreased function of the left ventricle (lower-left heart chamber.) Use of ACE inhibitors following a heart attack can help prevent heart failure and may improve survival.
Taking proper care of yourself will help you feel better and improve your health so that you can enjoy life. Understanding how to take your medicines as directed, control your diet, and get regular exercise are key to controlling heart failure symptoms and preventing sudden heart failure.
Smoking greatly increases the risk of heart attack. Thinking about giving up tobacco is the first step. Smoking cessation counseling can help you determine how ready you are to stop, improving your chances of success when you do quit.
Data represents discharges from the first and second quarter of 2012. Updated 12/17/2012