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McLeod among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attacks

on Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Posted in News, Local News

McLeod among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attacks
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American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care.

Every moment counts when seeking cardiac care. Anyone who believes they may be experiencing a heart attack should call 911 immediately. Cardiac care can begin as soon as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive on the scene and continue on the way to the hospital.

Patients who arrive at the Emergency Department with chest pain, or symptoms that could be characteristic of a heart attack, are rapidly evaluated by the medical professionals of the accredited McLeod Chest Pain Center. This evaluation is designed to quickly recognize those suffering a heart attack and provide optimal care.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recognizes McLeod Regional Medical Center for demonstrating expertise and commitment in treating heart attack patients. McLeod was recently awarded the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. McLeod Regional Medical Center is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. McLeod also achieved Platinum Performance status in 2019.

This award acknowledges the commitment of McLeod to their success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and in reaching an aggressive goal of the principal levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for two consecutive years, McLeod demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for thirty-six straight months, and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that almost 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“There were 10,460 heart disease deaths in South Carolina in 2018 according to the Center for Disease Control,” said Dr. Alan Blaker, executive medical director of the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute. “Of those, 5,215 would be considered deaths from a heart attack. This is why, as an accredited Chest Pain Center, the outstanding care McLeod provides heart attack patients is so important.”

As an accredited center, McLeod is recognized for having a higher level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive in the Emergency Department with heart attack symptoms. It also ensures that, as new research becomes available, we continue to operate at the highest level, with best practices, to care for cardiac patients.

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