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.