Heart Failure is the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. This can cause fluid to build up in the body, which is seen as swelling (edema), most commonly in the lower legs and ankles. Fluid can also collect in the lungs and interfere with breathing, causing shortness of breath. Appropriate recommended care for heart failure includes assessing heart function, advising smokers to quit, and prescribing specific medications and giving written instructions upon discharge from the hospital.
The data above is from the most recent reporting period (April 2012 through March 2013) and reflects a rolling 12-month average. The U.S., Georgia and Grady hospital data is provided by Hospital Compare. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services, and other members of the Hospital Quality Alliance: Improving Care Through Information (HQA).
The most current data (Grady - 2nd Quarter 2013) is provided by the University Healthsystem Consortium.
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