Heart attack, also called Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), is one
of the most common diagnoses in hospitalized patients. It occurs when
the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the heart become
blocked and the blood supply is slowed or stopped. The result is that
part of the heart muscle may be damaged or destroyed.
The graphs below show Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s
performance in following best practices (evidence-based processes of
care) and achieving the best results when treating patients with a heart
A column with N/A indicates one of the following: we did not have enough eligible patients to report on that measure; CMS held the data for one or more quarters; results were unavailable for the reporting period; no cases met the criteria for the measure; or results could not be calculated for the reporting period.
The reports on our site include information from Hospital Compare as well as our most current data averaged over the past year.
When blood clots block blood vessels (or arteries) to the heart, they cut off oxygen to the heart, and a heart attack can occur. Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI), like angioplasty or stents, are procedures that open blocked blood vessels. Both procedures involve a catheter (a flexible tube) that is inserted, often through the leg, and guided through the blood vessels to the blockage. Angioplasty is the process of inserting and inflating a balloon to open the blocked artery. Stents are placed in the artery to hold it open. These procedures must be done as quickly as possible to decrease the damage to the heart and increase survival. This chart shows what percent of heart attack patients received PCI treatment within 90 minutes of arrival.
Fibrinolytic therapy is medication that destroys or dissolves a blood clot in the heart. For patients who have had a heart attack due to a blood clot, quickly receiving fibrinolytic therapy reduces the amount of time the artery is blocked, decreases damage to the heart and helps increase survival. This chart shows the percent of patients who received fibrinolytic treatment within 30 minutes of arrival.
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