Evaluation of left ventricular systolic function for heart failure

Left ventricular systolic (LVS) function is a measure of how well the lower left pumping chamber of the heart contracts (i.e., squeezes) to send blood to the rest of the body. Low LVS function is a sign of heart failure, and it should be evaluated in patients with suspected heart failure. Early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure can help patients live longer, healthier lives, so performing appropriate diagnostic tests is important. A higher percent of testing LVS function in patients with suspected heart failure may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

The first graph below shows the percent of patients who received appropriate diagnostic testing for heart failure.  The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

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 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
National Average 98 98 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
HF-2 Evaluation of LVS Function for Heart Failure