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Thursday, July 28, 2011

St. Francis Heart Center receives high marks for heart attack care

INDIANAPOLIS – St. Francis Heart Center at Franciscan St. Francis Health has earned the American Heart Association (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

Every year, an estimated 250,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack, according to the AHA. Unfortunately, a significant number don't receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow.

The St. Francis Heart Center’s systems of care close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. Before they are discharged, appropriate patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling.

Hospitals receiving the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following AHA’s recommended treatment guidelines.

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