McLeod Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care


Florence, SC –  The McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. McLeod is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the commitment and success of McLeod in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that McLeod has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology commend McLeod for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Sheryl Love, Senior Director of Development, American Heart Association. “The implementation of prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“This award is a proud achievement for McLeod,” said Dr. Alan Blaker, Executive Medical Director of McLeod Cardiovascular Services. “It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff that care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families. The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Chest Pain

Chest pressure, tightness or fullness

Weakness or fatigue

Chronic indigestion unrelieved with antacids

Shortness of breath

Pain in the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms or back

-This information is from a Press Release. 


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