Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's ability to pump blood, which results in insufficient oxygen and nutrients pumped throughout the body. As the heart tries to pump more blood to meet the body's needs, the heart continues to become weaker.

Symptoms of heart failure may include shortness of breath from fluid in the lungs, swelling (such as in legs, ankles or abdomen), dizziness, fatigue, weakness, and a rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Heart failure can be a result of many different types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, a heart attack, cardiomyopathy, or an overworked heart.

The graph below is a combination of two ways to measure hospital care of people with heart failure, specifically the percentage of people who received a left ventricular function (LVF) assessment and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

FY 2015 (6 Months)

Discharge Instructions:   N/P
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   90%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   N/P

FY 2014

Discharge Instructions:   100%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   N/P

FY 2013

Discharge Instructions:   100%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   N/P

FY 2012

Discharge Instructions:   100%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   97%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2011

Discharge Instructions:   100%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2010

Discharge Instructions:   99%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   97%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2009

Discharge Instructions:   98%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2008

Discharge Instructions:   90%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2007

Discharge Instructions:   93%
LVF Assessment:   98%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   93%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2006

Discharge Instructions:   90%
LVF Assessment:   99%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%

FY 2005

Discharge Instructions:   100%
LVF Assessment:   100%
ACEI/ARB For LVSD:   100%
Adult Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling:   100%