St. Vincent’s recognized for stroke, heart care

July 15, 2018

St. Vincent’s Medical Center recently earned four Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association for 2018.

These awards recognize St. Vincent’s work in treating heart attack and stroke patients. “St. Vincent’s is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure and stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines HF and Stroke initiatives” said Dawn Rudolph, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in a news release. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is thefifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

The heart association also reports that 6.5 million adults in the U.S. are living with heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

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