Easton Hospital Participates in American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Heart Failure Program
Easton, Pa (October 25, 2011): Easton Hospital is participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure program. The Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program supports proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations.
Under the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. These standards of care are outlined in the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.
“Easton Hospital is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country,” stated Brian Finestein, Chief Executive Officer of Easton Hospital. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program further supports what our Accredited Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Care Unit are doing everyday to care for our patients with heart disease.”
Heart Care at Easton Hospital provides a full range of cardiac care, including Open Heart Surgery, Cardiac Catheterization, Angioplasty, Echocardiography and Electrophysiology studies. The Cardiovascular Institute at Easton Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society for Chest Pain Centers. This accreditation is awarded to health care facilities that demonstrate superior diagnostic and treatment of heart attack patients and recognizes Easton Hospital’s high standards for clinical performance and personalized care – and places Easton among an elite group of health care providers delivering top caliber cardiac care.
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.