Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Heart Failure programs are working

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A few years ago, a large national initiative was launched to fight heart failure. Heart failure, which happens when the heart can't pump enough blood to vital organs, is a serious condition that affects thousands of people each year. Called Organized Program to Initiate Lifesaving Treatment in Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure (OPTIMIZE-HF), the program was implemented into 259 hospitals in the US and aimed to improve the treatment of heart patients in the hospital and beyond. Their main focus included:
  • Communication between staff and patients
  • More fervent anti-smoking campaigns
  • Improved heart monitoring.
Recent reports have found that the programs have been highly successful, leading to less deaths both in the hospital and after discharge. And it's predicted that if the program continues to have this much success, it could mean 40,000 less deaths and 1.4 million less days of hospital stays per year.

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