Description of Measure
Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that the body needs to work properly. Levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) that are too high can increase the chance of stroke, heart disease, and other problems. Medicines called statins can help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Why is this Important?
In patients with ischemic stroke who have high cholesterol, taking statins can help lower the chance of another stroke.
This measure shows the percentage of patients admitted with an ischemic stroke who got a prescription for a statin before they were discharged from the hospital.
Patients who shouldn’t take statins are not included in this measure.
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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.
Data reported are based on discharges from First Quarter 2013 through Third Quarter 2013