Coastal Carolina Hospital Participates in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Program 
Monday, 20 July 2009 
     Hardeeville, SC, July 20, 2009 — Coastal Carolina Hospital is participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Heart Failure  program.  The Get With The Guidelines-HF program provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations.

     Under the Get With The Guidelines-HF treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.  These standards of care are outlined in the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

     According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure.  Statistics also show each year more than 292,200 people will die of heart failure.

      “Coastal Carolina Hospital is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Shelly Weilenman, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services for Coastal Carolina Hospital.

     Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Coastal Carolina Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes.  The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools.  This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable Coastal Carolina Hospital to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.