Heart failure quality scores

Heart failure occurs when the heart struggles to pump enough blood to deliver oxygen to the body.

The information below tells you how well Duke hospitals follow recommended guidelines for treating heart failure.

Heart failure patients given an evaluation of left ventricular systolic (LVS) function

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Source: hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting hospitals in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting hospitals in the state of North Carolina.

What do these scores mean?

The percentage of eligible heart failure patients (out of 100) who received an evaluation of how well the left side of the heart is pumping blood.

Why are these scores important?

The proper treatment for heart failure depends on which area of the heart is affected. A left ventricular systolic (LVS) function assessment checks how the left side of the heart is pumping.

The assessment may include an echocardiogram, a physical examination, a chest x-ray, and/or blood work.

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality?