"Higher Standard" of Heart Attack Care Good News for Patients Too

Madison, Wisconsin - For the second consecutive year, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has been awarded a Platinum Performance Achievement Award in recognition for maintaining an exceptional level of care for high-risk heart attack patients. Awards are presented annually by the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association.


"To receive this award again this year is quite a remarkable achievement," says Dr. Amish Raval, interventional cardiologist at UW Hospital. He explains, "The award is all encompassing in that the focus is on procedural, medical and social aspects of treatment and care for heart attack patients."


And although this is great news for the hospital, Raval notes that it is excellent news for patients too. He says, "This recognition reinforces the fact that we are providing exceptional care along a wide range of quality measurements and ultimately demonstrates to patients that centers like ours are working hard – that the systems, people and resources are in place so patients can be assured that their care will be consistent and exceptional."


The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry "Get with the Guidelines" (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award is the highest honor possible for hospitals that follow treatment guidelines and meet performance standards in areas including:

  • The amount of time between a patient's first entry into the hospital to the restoration of blood flow via angioplasty
  • The effective use of medications including the use of aspirin, beta-blockers, and statins, among others
  • Post-heart attack strategies, including smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation

Raval says it takes a dedicated team approach to care for heart attack patients, but that the patient plays a crucial role as well. He says, "The ultimate message is 'Call 911,'" and emphasizes, "Patients need to learn to recognize symptoms and not to minimize them. Do not worry about a false alarm if you think you are having a heart attack."


Raval notes that this advice doesn't just apply to patients at UW. He concludes, "Other centers like ours across the country have systems in place from the time the 911 call is made to the cardiac rehab that occurs post-discharge to work with each patient to ensure the best possible outcome. We feel it is our responsibility to continue to spread the word and elevate the bar in quality care for heart attack patients."

Date Published: 09/04/2013

News tag(s):  heart

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