Heart failure is a condition where
the heart cannot pump with enough blood or enough force. The result is
that the body does not receive the oxygen and blood that it needs. Heart
failure can cause swelling (from extra fluid) in the legs, feet, ankles
or abdomen and sometimes in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.
Although a chronic, or long-lasting, condition, heart failure can be
managed by the proper medications and lifestyle changes.
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 heart failure.
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.
The left ventricle (or chamber) of the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. A test called evaluation of left ventricular systolic (LVS) function can check whether the heart is pumping properly. This chart shows the percent of heart failure patients who received this test to check heart pumping strength.
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