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.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Average 98
State Average 98
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 100 100 100 100 100 100 99 100
National Average 97 97 97 98 98 98 98 98
State Average 97 97 97 98 98 98 98 98
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
AMI Statin at Discharge