The data you see below comes from The American College of Cardiology's CathPCI Registry. This is a national, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program under the auspices of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The Registry measures outcomes of patients undergoing diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). By participating in the CathPCI Registry, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center can measure performance in diagnosing and treating patients against similar comparison groups and national benchmarks.
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases. Often cardiac conditions can be treated with medication and other nonsurgical options. However, if you and your physician determine that a cardiac procedure is necessary, you want to know what hospital provides the best chance of recovery.
Immediate PCI Time: Arrival to Procedure
This is the time, in minutes, from arrival at the hospital with a heart attack to take the patient to the cath lab and perform the heart catheterization. A shorter time means less heart muscle will be injured.
Immediate PCI Time: From Referring Facility to Procedure
This is the time, in minutes, to be seen at another hospital's emergency department with a heart attack, travel to our facility via EMS and perform the catheterization at our facility. A shorter time means less heart muscle will be injured.
PCI In-Hospital Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate
This is the mortality rate for all patients undergoing catheterization for a heart attack. The rate is adjusted for the degree of severity of other conditions or illnesses which the patient may also have. In other words, the rate is adjusted because some patients are sicker than others.
Percent of Patients Given Aspirin at Discharge
This is the percent of patients who were appropriately prescribed aspirin at discharge. Aspirin is important because it helps prevent future cardiac events.
PCI Stented Patients Given Anti-platelets at Discharge
This is the percent of patients who received a stent and were appropriately prescribed an anti-clotting medication at discharge. This is important because it helps prevent future cardiac events.
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