Assesses adults 18 years of age and older during the measurement year who were hospitalized and discharged alive with a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and who received persistent beta-blocker treatment for six months after discharge.
Why It Matters
Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.¹ A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when blood flow to the heart is greatly reduced or stops completely.² Clinical guidelines recommend taking a beta-blocker after a heart attack to prevent another heart attack from occurring.³ Beta-blockers work by lowering the heart rate. This reduces the amount of force on the heart and blood vessels.4 Persistent use of a beta-blocker after a heart attack can improve survival and heart disease outcomes.
|Persistence of Beta-Blocker Treatment After a Heart Attack (PBH)|
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