Women surviving cardiovascular disease treatment in hospitals at higher rates: Healthgrades study

2,100 Hospitals Rated in Women's Health and Maternity Care; Posted to HealthGrades.com

Golden, Colo. (June 26, 2006) American hospitals improved women's survival rates for treatment of heart disease and stroke by an average of 9.54 percent from 2002 through 2004, according to the third annual HealthGrades Women's Health Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals study, released today.

But inhospital mortality from cardiac disease and stroke two major subsets of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among U.S. women varied widely from hospital to hospital, the study found. Best-performing hospitals had, on average, a 40 percent lower mortality rate than those hospitals designated as Poor performers. Compared against Average hospitals, Best performers had, on average, a 23 percent lower mortality rate.

The greatest gap among hospitals occurred in coronary bypass surgery, where there was a relative difference of almost 50 percent in risk-adjusted morality associated with the Best-performing hospitals, as compared to Poor-performing hospitals.

The three-year study of more than 2.1 million hospitalizations at more than 2,100 hospitals analyzed the following six procedures and diagnoses for each hospital's female patients:

  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Valve replacement surgery
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke

"In this year's study we were pleased to see such dramatic improvement in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in women, who have historically been under-diagnosed and under-treated," said the study's author, Samantha Collier, MD, HealthGrades' vice president of medical affairs. "But women need to know that the gap in quality between the Best and Poorest-performing hospitals is real and has not closed in the three years we have been conducting this study." '"/>

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