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Heart attack: aspirin prescribed at discharge

Taking aspirin daily is prescribed for most patients who have had a heart attack, because it has been shown to reduce the chance of having a second heart attack and of dying. It is preferred practice to prescribe aspirin to all patients who have had a heart attack. A higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of patients treated at the hospital for a heart attack who were prescribed aspirin when they were discharged from the hospital after their heart attack. It excludes patients for whom taking aspirin is unsafe.

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 100 100 100 100 99 99 99 100
National Average 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
State Average 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
AMI-2 Aspirin Prescribed at Discharge of AMI
Last UpdateMarch 31, 2014

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