AMI Explanation of Terms

  • ASA on Arrival – Aspirin on Arrival
    This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who received aspirin within 24 hours of arriving at Memorial University Medical Center. Aspirin can help break up blood clots and prevent new ones from forming. It may reduce the severity of a heart attack. See our score.

    ASA on DC -- Aspirin on Discharge
    This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed regular aspirin use when they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center. Regular aspirin use may reduce the risk of another heart attack. See our score.

    ACEI for LVSD – ACE Inhibitor for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction
    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are drugs that are especially helpful for people with damage on the left side of their heart (left ventricular systolic dysfunction). Both ACE inhibitors and ARBs can help reduce the risk of death after a heart attack by lowering blood pressure. This score shows the percentage of people with left ventricular systolic dysfunction who were prescribed ACE inhibitors or ARBs when they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center. See our score.

    LDL Assessment
    This score shows the percentage of patients who had their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol measured and documented during their hospital stay. Lower LDL levels reduce the risk of additional complications or death in patients with heart problems. See our score.
    This quality measure was added in 2008, and was not tracked in previous years. After 2011, it was no longer required for national tracking databases. 

    LLT on DC – Lipid Lowering Therapy on Discharge
    This score shows the number of heart attack patients who received drugs and instructions at discharge to help lower their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level. Studies have shown that "lipid lowering therapy" reduces the risk of another heart attack and improves heart attack survival rates. Lipid lowering therapy is only recommended for patients who do not have other conditions or medications that might interfere with the lipid-lowering drugs. See our score.
    This quality measure was added in 2008, and was not tracked in previous years.  

    Smoking Cessation
    This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who received information to help them stop smoking before they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center. Smoking increases the risk of heart attack. Patients who successfully quit smoking may reduce their risk of having a second heart attack. See our score.
    After 2011, this measure was no longer required for national tracking databases.

    Beta Blocker on Arrival
    This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who received a drug called a "beta blocker" within 24 hours of arriving at Memorial University Medical Center. Beta blockers lower blood pressure, slow the heart rate, and open blood vessels throughout the body. See our score
    After 2009, this measure was no longer required for national tracking databases. 

    Beta Blocker at DC – Beta Blocker at Discharge
    This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who were prescribed a beta blocker drug when discharged from the hospital. Beta blockers lower blood pressure, slow the heart rate, and open blood vessels throughout the body. See our score.

    Primary PCI Within 90 Minutes – Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in 90 Minutes
    This score shows the percentage of heart attack patients who received a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital. Another name for PCI is angioplasty. It involves inserting a small tube into a vessel in the leg, threading the tube up to the heart, and inflating a small balloon on the end of the tube to open blocked vessels. Patients who need a “primary” PCI are facing an extremely urgent situation and must have balloon angioplasty within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital. This timeframe is known as “door-to-balloon time” and can mean the difference between life and death. See our score.