The heart is a muscle that gets oxygen through blood vessels. Sometimes blood clots can block these blood vessels and the heart can't get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack. Fibrinolytic drugs are medicines that can help dissolve blood clots in blood vessels and improve blood flow to your heart. You should get them within 30 minutes of arrival at the hospital.
At Lifespan hospitals, too few patients qualify for fibrinolytic medication for these statistics to be valid. This is because the emphasis at our hospitals is to provide interventional procedures, such as angioplasty or stenting, which we believe to be more effective in treating patients experiencing heart attacks. Find out more about these procedures.
About the Data
The data on this site is reported to the Department of Health and Human Services and is updated on a quarterly basis. It represents patient care data from July 2010 through June 2011, which was released in May 2012. The explanation of the data is courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, please visit the Hospital Compare website.