Heart Failure

Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump sufficiently to keep up with the demands of the body. As a result, extra fluid collects in the legs, feet, ankles or abdomen (leading to swelling) and sometimes in the lungs, making it difficult to breath. Heart failure is a major public health problem in the United States. About 5 million patients in this country have heart failure.

How is Spectrum Health performing on heart failure care?

Learn more about care at the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and the Heart Failure Program.

How does Spectrum Health compare to local hospitals?

The following charts show how Spectrum Health compares to other local hospitals. These numbers come from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Hospital Compare website.

We know practice makes perfect in health care as in most of life. That's why the number or volume of procedures that a hospital or a physician performs can be a valuable yardstick of clinical quality, especially when considered alongside additional quality measures and other factors. Meijer Heart Center treats approximately 2,000 heart failure patients annually, the largest volume in West Michigan.

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What do the Spectrum Health quality report cards show?

Full instructions given at discharge

The following chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients who received written instructions or educational material at hospital discharge about activity level, diet, medications, follow-up care, weight monitoring and what to do if symptoms worsen. Higher percentages are better.

Why does this matter? Heart failure is a chronic condition. All patients going home from the hospital need to know how to stay well and when to contact their doctor.

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Left ventricular function systolic assessment

The following chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients who had their left ventricular systolic (LVS) function evaluated.

Why does this matter? Assessment of left ventricular systolic (LVS) function is the most important diagnostic test in the management of patients with heart failure. It helps the doctor determine how to treat your condition.

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Patients who received ACEI or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction

The following chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction who received antiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and antiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB). Higher percentages are better.

Why does this matter? ACEI or ARB inhibitors help the blood vessels relax, making it easier for the heart to pump blood and decreasing the workload of the heart. Your doctor will decide if this treatment is appropriate for you and, if so, which medication to prescribe.

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Additional quality reports regarding our heart failure care are available from The Joint Commission.

Quality Report Card Data Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide timely and accurate data for your consideration. It is possible that The Joint Commission Core Measures values gathered from other public sources are constructed with a different time frame.

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