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UCI Medical Center gets nod from the Heart Association

The hospital achieved 96 percent compliance with specific treatment measures.

BY JENNA SWEENEYPublished: December 17, 2010 10:25 AM

UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange has earned the American Heart Association’s Heart Failure Silver Plus Award, which recognizes health centers that exhibit a high level of care for heart patients.

In order to land the distinction, UCI Medical Center had to maintain at least 85 percent compliance with specified standards of care for one year. UCI achieved a compliance rate of 96 percent.

The “Plus” designation goes to medical facilities that maintain at least 75 percent compliance.

About 5.7 million people nationwide suffer from heart failure or a lack in necessary blood flow to the heart.  And more than 292,000 people die each year from heart problems.

The AHA treatment guidelines require aggressive risk-reduction therapies for cardiovascular patients, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants.

The UCI Medical Center has taken viable strides in prioritizing cardiology treatment. Early this year, it launched the Cardiovascular Center as a resource and diagnosis resource.

The Joint Commission awarded its Gold Seal of Approval to UCI Medical Center for its heart failure program – the county’s only research-based heart disease prevention program.

"UC Irvine is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country," said Dr. Dawn Lombardo, director of the hospital's heart failure program.

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