PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Measure: ACEI or ARB for LVSD

Time Period Ending:  12/31/2012

Rate: 92%

What We Are Doing:

Some patients experience a heart attack on the front side of the heart, causing left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD).

A documentation reminder system has been implemented to ensure an Angiotension-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or another type of drug called angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) is ordered or the reason why it may not be appropriate is documented.

We continue to strive for 100% and provide physicians feedback when they have not prescribed the medication or have not documented a contraindication.

What YOU can do

Know the results of your test! if your Left Ventricular Function (measured as ejection fraction) is less than 40%, you should be taking an ACE or an ARB, unless contraindicated.

Talk to your provider about your medications. Keep a current list of medications with you at all times.

Get a Shared Care Plan- this is a secure and confidential place for you to organize and store all of your health information in one place. There is  a place to track allergies and medications both past and present. If you have an emergency or are admitted to the hospital, health care providers can access this information.

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