Heart attack patients given a prescription for a statin at discharge

Description of Measure

This measure shows the percent of patients who had a heart attack who got a prescription for a Statin before discharge from the hospital. Patients who shouldn’t take Statins aren’t included in this measure.

Why is this Important?

Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Cholesterol levels that are too high can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems. For patients who have had one or more heart attacks and have high cholesterol, taking Statins can lower the chance that they’ll have another heart attack or die.

Higher numbers are better.

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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.

Data reported are based on discharge from Fourth Quarter 2012 through Third Quarter 2013


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