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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.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.