Health Victories

AU Health receives national recognition for heart failure care

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Written by Lisa Kaylor

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about 6 million people in the United States are living with heart failure and that number is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030.

AU Health is committed to providing world class care and improving outcomes for patients living with heart failure. Recently, AHA recognized AU Health’s commitment with a Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus quality achievement award.

Heart failure means that the patient’s heart has a hard time pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. Though there’s no cure, patients can still live well by working closely with their health care team and sticking to a recommended plan of medication, lifestyle changes and monitoring symptoms. To receive the Gold Plus Achievement award, AU Health demonstrated its commitment to helping heart patients live well by providing quality care for heart failure and education for patients to learn how to manage their condition at home.

AU Health was also recognized with two additional awards. Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence based care when hospitalized due to heart disease or stroke. Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll recognizes hospitals who achieve all five target care components for 50 percent or more of eligible patients with heart failure discharged from the hospital during a specified time frame.