HMC Awarded for Heart Failure Care
The American Heart Association awarded Hilo
Medical Center with the Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Silver
Quality Achievement Award. According to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology, the
recognition signifies that HMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart
Following these treatment
guidelines can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save
lives, and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of
heart attacks. Heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction
therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE
inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before
discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and
overall health including lifestyle modification and follow-up care.
to the American Heart Association, about 5.6 million people suffer from heart
failure, however, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life
when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices, and with
healthy lifestyle changes. For information about how to improve your health, go
to the American Heart Association’s website where you will find valuable information on nutrition, exercise, weight
management, reducing stress, and much more.
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