Statins prescribed at discharge for heart attack patients
Statins are a type of prescription medication used to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fat (or lipid) that can build up on the artery walls. When this happens, there is less space for blood to flow. Statins work by blocking the formation of cholesterol and they may help decrease cholesterol that is already on artery walls. For patients who had a heart attack and have high cholesterol, taking statins can lower the chance that they’ll have another heart attack. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks the percent of patients who had a heart attack and were given a prescription for a statin medication before discharge from the hospital.
Note: In this case, a higher number is better.