Why Is This Treatment Important?
An elevated serum lipid level has been a well-documented risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) and reflects an organ-specific manifestation of atherosclerosis which is a disease process that can affect the heart and the major and minor branches of the arterial tree. The reduction of LDL cholesterol, through lifestyle modification and drug therapy when appropriate, is recommended for the prevention of myocardial infarction and other major vascular events for patients with CAD according to the guidelines.
What the Scores Mean
A higher percentage is good because it means more patients received the recommended treatment. However, a lower score does not necessarily indicate poor care. You should consider the overall quality of a facility in addition to individual category scores.
About the Data
The data on this site represent the time period of October 2012 through September 2013 and are the most recent available. They are reported to the Joint Commission as a core measure set in conjunction with the Get with the Guidelines program of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. For more information, please visit the Joint Commission website and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines website.