Heart Failure Care Measures

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure contributes to about 300,000 U.S. deaths each year.

Toward our goal of providing the best possible care for heart failure patients, we follow an established heart failure treatment protocol that has been shown to improve patient outcomes. Learn more about heart failure treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The table below includes:

  • 30-day adjusted heart failure mortality rate – This measures deaths from heart failure within 30 days of a hospital admission.
  • 30-day adjusted heart failure readmission rate – This measures readmission to the hospital within 30 days after a patient experience heart failure.

Heart Failure Care Measures


BWH July 2015 - June 2018

National Average*

30-day adjusted heart failure mortality rate

Better than U.S. National Rate 11.5%

30-day adjusted heart failure readmission rate

Worse than U.S. National Rate 21.6%

* Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Hospital Quality Alliance

Cardiovascular Procedures

The table below shows our procedure volumes for two types of cardiovascular procedures: aortic valve replacement and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair.

Cardiovascular Procedure Volumes


BWH October 2014 – September 2015

Leapfrog Standard*

Aortic valve replacement volume 592 120
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair volume 90 -

* A dash "-" means that there is no available comparison


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