Heart Failure: Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
What is a Heart Failure?
In heart failure,
the heart is unable to pump the right amount of blood throughout the
body. This causes blood to back up in the veins. Depending on which part
of the heart is affected most, this can lead to a build up of excess
fluid in the lungs, feet, and elsewhere. Heart failure can worsen with
time, which may lead to the use of many treatments.
Why is this important?
Smoking 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. 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 failure?
These measures show the percentage of time our heart failure patients who have smoked within the last year are receiving smoking cessation education during their hospitalization.
This graph shows that 100% of the time our heart failure patients who have smoked within the last year are receiving smoking cessation education during their hospitalization. The top performing hospitals across the nation are performing at 100%.
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.