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.