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 failure patients.  

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.  

According 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.