The percent of heart attack patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), a particular form of heart failure, who were prescribed at discharge an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). ACEIs or ARBs widen (“dilate”) blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and making it easier for the heart to pump blood. They also block the bad effects of an important hormone on the heart. These things help prevent deterioration of the heart’s function over time.
Source: Hospital Quality Alliance
Dates of Coverage: 7/2011 - 6/2012