Heart Attack: Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
What is a Heart Attack?
An acute myocardial infarction (AMI), also called a heart attack, happens when one of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked and the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart muscle is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the affected heart tissue may die.
increases your risk for developing blood clots and heart disease, which
can result in a heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Smoking causes
your blood vessels to thicken. Fat and plaque then stick to the wall of
your blood vessels, which makes it harder for blood to flow.
Why is this important?
Reduced blood flow to your heart may result in chest pain, high blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. Smoking is linked to lung disease and cancer, and can cause premature death. It is important for your health that you get information to help you quit smoking before you leave the hospital.
How are we doing at providing the best care for patients suffering from heart attack?
The measures show how often smoking advice/cessation is offered to those heart attack patients who are smokers.
The graph shows we are meeting 100% the standard of heart attack patients who have smoked within the last year are receiving smoking cessation education. The higher the percentage the better.
What efforts are in place to improve performance?
We continue to look at our performance on a monthly basis to assure we continue to meet the highest quality standards.