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Beta Blockers prior to surgery for heart bypass (CABG) surgery patients

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 receive a beta blocker prior to surgery have a reduced risk of death following surgery. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measures tracks the percentage of patients who had a CABG surgery and received a beta blocker within 24 hours prior to surgery in 2012.
 
Note: In this case, a higher number is better.
 
Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2012
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Database Participant Comparison 93.5
Source:Society of Thoracic Surgeons, http://www.sts.org/
Isolated CABG Pre Op Beta Blocker
Last UpdateNovember 13, 2013

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