Beta blockers prescribed at discharge for heart attack patients

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. They also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow.

Beta blockers help the heart pump more effectively, which is important for those who have suffered a heart attack or have heart disease. A higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

The first graph below shows the percentage of all heart attack patients who were prescribed a beta-blocker upon discharge from the hospital. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure. 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital wants to provide the most up to date data. For this measure, our data is from a more recent time period than the benchmark time period.

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Average 99
State Average 99
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 100 99 100 98 100 99 100 100
National Average 98 98 98 99 99 99 99 99
State Average 98 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
AMI-5 Beta-Blocker Prescribed at Discharge for AMI