Heart failure mortality

Heart failure (HF) is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The heart continues to work, but not as efficiently as it should, which causes symptoms including fatigue, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the legs and feet.

Heart failure is a progressive, chronic illness that can reduce life expectancy.

About this measure

Mortality rate is a measure of the number of people who die within a period of time. The first graph below shows the rate of patients with a primary diagnosis of HF who died. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1.4
National Average 3.2
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1.9 2 4.8 1.7 4.5 1.5 1.7 1.4
National Average 2.81 2.81 2.46 2.46 2.46 2.48 2.46 3.2
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov