Heart Attack : Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction
What does it mean?
Heart attack patients should be given Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers medication for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (a decreased function of the left side of the heart) at the time they leave the hospital.
Why is it important?
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and ARBs are medicines used to relax blood vessels and treat high blood pressure in heart attack and heart failure patients who have a decreased function on the left side of their heart. Receiving these medicines can relax blood vessels, improve the heart’s ability to pump blood and reduce the risk of death from any future heart attacks.
What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of heart attack or heart failure patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction who were given and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor or ARB during hospital discharge.