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For the third consecutive year, Einstein Institute for Heart and Vascular Health has been recognized with the Mission: Lifeline® Award. This year, Einstein Institute for Heart and Vascular Health has been recognized with the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for implementing specific quality improvement measures for treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Einstein Institute for Heart and Vascular Health earned the award by implementing the criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of patients who suffer a STEMI – the most severe type of heart attack in which blood flow is completely blocked to part of the heart. Before these patients are discharged, they are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Einstein achieved the Mission: Lifeline compliance criteria for a full year (four consecutive calendar quarters). During this period, at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients were treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.
“Congratulations to our entire heart team,” said D. Lynn Morris, MD, Chairman of Cardiovascular Disease and Director of the Einstein Institute for Heart and Vascular Health. “This award is a wonderful acknowledgement of our team’s dedication to high quality patient care.”
Approximately 250,000 people in the United State each year have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires immediate treatment. In order to prevent death, it’s crucial to restore blood flow immediately, either by opening the blocked vessel using a balloon and a stent or by giving clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The goal of the program is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment.