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CARDIAC CARE

Visit these pages to:

  • Learn more about heart disease
  • Compare the quality of care at Virginia hospitals
  • Find local doctors treating heart disease

Why is this information important? Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Virginia. Some hospitals have lower mortality or readmission rates than others. Use our information to learn more about cardiac care and talk to your doctor. (More...)

What information is available? Studies show that experienced hospitals and doctors may have better results in heart care. VHI's report shows how often hospitals provide cardiac care. You will also find how often patients die or must be hospitalized again within 30 days.

Is it fair to compare different hospitals? Some patients are very sick and more likely to die or be readmitted. VHI worked with scientists, hospitals and doctors to fairly compare care among hospitals. Be sure to discuss this and other information with your doctor.

Compare hospitals on how often they treat heart patients and their mortality and readmission rates.
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Cardiology - MedicalCardiology - Medical
Includes diagnosing and therapy for heart disease. Angina, congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are all examples of heart conditions. When treatment for these conditions does not include surgery, VHI has grouped them into this service line.

     Congestive Heart FailureCongestive Heart Failure (CHF)
or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can not pump enough blood to the body's other organs.

For more information on signs and symptoms, tests, and treatment, visit: www.americanheart.org/ presenter.jhtml?identifier=4585


Cardiology - InvasiveCardiology - Invasive
Includes patients with medical conditions generally described in the medical cardiology service line that also had surgery. Surgeries include cardiac catheterization, cardiac pacemaker insertion, balloon angioplasty and placement of cardiac stents.

     Cardiac CathCardiac Catheterization
or angiogram is a procedure that identifies possible problems with your heart or its arteries. During a cath, a thin plastic tube, called a catheter, is inserted into a blood vessel in your groin or arm. The catheter is guided up toward your heart. A special dye is injected into the catheter so X-rays can show if you have any artery blockage or other heart problems. www.americanheart.org/ presenter.jhtml?identifier=4491

     Percutaneous Cardiac ProceduresPercutaneous Cardiovascular Procedures
These procedures primarily include various types of Coronary Angioplasty. Coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure used to open arteries that have narrowed to the point that they impede blood flow to the heart. This procedure can improve some of the symptoms associated with blocked arteries, such as chest pain and shortness of breath.


Cardiology - Open HeartCardiology - Open Heart Surgery
Includes procedures such as coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and cardiac valve procedures.

     CABGCoronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
also called coronary artery bypass surgery, heart bypass or bypass surgery is a surgical procedure performed to relieve angina and reduce the risk of death from coronary artery disease. Arteries and/or veins from elsewhere in the patient's body are grafted from the aorta to the coronary arteries to bypass atherosclerotic narrowings and improve the blood supply to the coronary circulation supplying the myocardium (heart muscle).
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronary_artery _bypass_surgery


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