NYU Langone Honored With American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Quality Achievement Award
Award Demonstrates NYU Langone’s Commitment to Quality Care for Heart Failure Patients
NYU Langone Medical Center’s Cardiac & Vascular Institute announced it received the Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The award recognizes NYU Langone’s commitment and success in providing quality care for patients with heart failure. This is the second year NYU Langone has been awarded the Gold award.
“This award demonstrates our leadership in cardiac and vascular care and our dedication to providing the best possible care to heart failure patients,” said Stuart Katz, MD, director of the Heart Failure Program at NYU Langone. “Our approach to heart failure helps prevent recurrent hospitalizations and improves quality of life and outcomes for our patients.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Each year 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices, paired with healthy lifestyle changes.
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association’s hospital-based quality program to optimize care to reduce mortality for heart failure patients. To achieve Gold status, NYU Langone had to achieve and sustain 85 percent or higher compliance to specific AHA evidence based guidelines for the treatment of heart failure consecutively for 24 months.
The AHA treatment guidelines for heart failure patients include risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital in conjunction with counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.