Angioplasty is a procedure used to treat patients with diseased coronary arteries (vessels that supply blood to the heart).
Care You Should Expect to Receive - High quality surgical care such as angioplasty should restore good blood flow to the heart.
The coronary arteries carry oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart muscles. They can become narrowed or blocked due to build-ups of fat and cholesterol. During this procedure a balloon is placed in the coronary artery then inflated, pushing blockages out of the way and allowing more blood to flow through. Angioplasty may be used to prevent a heart attack or to treat chest pain or other heart problems resulting from the blockages.
Complications - Although angioplasty is relatively safe, as with any invasive procedure, patients who undergo this surgery are at risk for complications:
How Will This Help Me? When patients receive high quality care, they are more likely to achieve a good medical outcome (result). This can lower a patient’s risk for complications.
Our angioplasty report will tell you how successful Minnesota hospitals are in performing this procedure. Here we offer two pieces of information: 1) the number of times a hospital performed angioplasty and; 2) outcomes as measured by mortality (death) rates.
Proficiency Ratings - Research suggests that patients who undergo complex procedures have better outcomes at hospitals where the procedure is performed more frequently (proficiency). Hospitals performing 400 or more angioplasty procedures have achieved proficiency – this signifies high-quality care. Hospitals performing less than 10 procedures may only do so on an emergency basis and their ratings are not included in this report.
Mortality Ratings - A high mortality rate may not be due to medical errors. Some hospitals may experience a greater number of deaths because they see more sick patients. Our mortality rate information is shown as a comparison between a hospital’s actual mortality rate and the rate expected for that hospital. A rate that is the “Same” or “Better” than expected signifies high-quality care.
About Our Report - Our Care Results reports are based on quality measures developed by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), and made available on HealthScores by the Minnesota Hospital Association. This report is based on information from hospital patient medical records for services provided between October 2010 and September 2011. Your hospital’s rating will vary depending on how many patients achieved a good medical outcome. Talk with your care team if you have questions or concerns.
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|Abbott Northwestern Hospital|
|Fairview Ridges Hospital|
|Fairview Southdale Hospital|
|Hennepin County Medical Center|
|Immanuel St. Joseph's - Mayo Health System|
Coon Rapids 55433
|North Memorial Medical Center|
|Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital|
St. Louis Park 55426
St. Paul 55101
|Ridgeview Medical Center|
|Saint Marys Hospital|
|St. Cloud Hospital|
St. Cloud 56303
|St. Joseph's Hospital|
St. Paul 55102
|St. Joseph's Medical Center|
|St. Luke's Hospital|
|St. Mary's Medical Center|
St. Paul 55102
|University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview|