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UHS ranks highly in treatment of heart failure

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead full lives when their conditions are well-managed.

UHS has received a national “Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award” for its exceptional care of patients experiencing heart failure. This award signifies that UHS meets the quality standards for evidence-based care set by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation.

UHS has implemented protocols to provide the most up-to-date, research-based care for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including proper use of medications, aggressive risk-reduction therapies, patient education and referral for cardiac rehabilitation when appropriate.

“UHS is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients,” says Afzal ur Rehman, MD, PhD, managing director of the UHS Heart Institute. “Implementing the Get With the Guidelines program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting nationally accepted guidelines.”