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Quality: Heart & Vascular care

Last Updated 7/28/2009 9:54:15 AM


Cardiovascular care has always been a strength at El Camino Hospital, and the quality program takes these strengths to higher levels.

What is a core measure?

A "core measure" is a specific item that can be measured in many hospitals. Joint Commission uses this method in order to make valid comparisons between hospitals. Core measures use standardized sets of valid, reliable, evidence-based "core" measures that can be used to track progress in making hospitals safer for everyone.

The Joint Commission, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), have aligned seven core measures in the treatment of heart attack (also called AMI) and four measures in the treatment of heart failure.

Treatment for Heart Attack

There are seven core measures we evaluate in the treatment of heart attack patients. See how we are doing.


Treatment of Heart Failure

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. Your heart tries to pump more blood, but the muscle walls become weaker over time. There are four major areas in the treatment of patients with heart failure that we evaluate. See how we compare to the national average.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery improves blood flow into the heart by creating new routes for blood to bypass blocked arteries. Learn how El Camino Hospital compares with the national average on survival.