Heart failure medications: ACEI or ARB for LVSD
Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) means that the lower left pumping chamber of the heart, the left ventricle, is not pumping as efficiently as it should. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are medications that can be helpful for heart failure patients with LVSD. ACEIs are recommended in patients with LVSD, and ARBs are recommended for patients with LVSD who cannot tolerate ACEIs. These medications are an important part of treating heart failure patients who have LVSD. A higher percent of being treated with ACEIs or ARBs may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
The first graph below shows the percent of heart failure patients with LVSD who were treated with ACE-Is or ARBs in the hospital. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.
Note: In this case, a higher number is better.