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West Valley Medical Center

Get With The Guidelines Heart

Hospital Receives National Cardiac Care Award

2015 Get with the Guidelines - Heart Failure - Gold Plus

For the fifth consecutive year, West Valley Medical Center has received the gold level of national recognition for high-quality cardiac care from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

This signifies the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative giving hospitals tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. Under Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

About heart failure

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.