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Heart Failure Care

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. Your heart tries to pump more blood, but the muscle walls become weaker over time.

Symptoms of heart failure may include:

  • shortness of breath from fluid in the lungs
  • swelling (such as in legs, ankles or abdomen)
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • cold or clammy skin
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat

Heart failure can be a result of a heart condition due to hardening of the arteries, also known as coronary artery disease, a heart attack, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle damage from infection or alcohol or drug abuse), or an overworked heart (caused over time by conditions like high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, or a defect from birth).

How is EJGH Performing in Heart Failure Care?

The individual measures below are how hospitals throughout the United States are measured. Click on a link to see how EJGH compares nationally and in Louisiana in each individual measure.

Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given Discharge Instructions

Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given an Evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) Function

Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)

All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.

Data reported are based on discharges from 4th Quarter 2011 through 3rd Quarter 2012.
 


 

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