A heart bypass surgery, also known as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, creates a detour or bypass around the blocked or diseased portion of the coronary artery using an artery or vein from the body to restore the blood supply to the heart muscle.
Beta blockers are prescription medications used to treat certain types of heart disease. They cause the heart to beat more slowly and with less force, which reduces blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow. Studies have shown that patients with heart disease who are prescribed beta blockers at discharge have a reduced risk of death following surgery.
Beta blockers help the heart pump more effectively, which is important for those who have undergone heart surgery or have heart disease. A higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measures tracks the percentage of patients who in 2011 had a CABG surgery and were prescribed a beta blocker at discharge from the hospital.
Note: In this case, a higher number is better.
Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
|National Database Participant Comparison
Source:Society of Thoracic Surgeons, http://www.sts.org/
Isolated CABG Beta Blocker at discharge