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Glossary of Terms

Acute Myocardial Infarction: heart attack

Angina: chest pain

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors: drugs shown to reduce blood pressure and strengthen heartbeat by relaxing and widening blood vessels

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB): drugs shown to reduce blood pressure and strengthen heartbeat by relaxing and widening blood vessels

Beta Blockers: a type of medicine used to lower blood pressure, treat chest pain and heart failure, and help prevent heart attack

Basal/Bolus Insulin Therapy: diabetes treatment that uses different insulins together

Core Measures: the tracking of specific steps, based on proven standards of care, which are used for prevention and/or treatment of disease and illness

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS): a standardized survey and data collection methodology for measuring patients' perspectives on hospital care

Induced Hypothermia: a medical treatment that lowers a patientís body temperature to reduce tissue damage, typically after heart attack or stroke

Joint Commission: the preeminent, independent, nonprofit organization that certifies and accredits health care organizations and programs across the United States

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus): the most common health care-associated bacterial infection, which is resistant to methicillin antibiotic

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): a highly effective procedure that typically uses a catheter to treat diseased arteries of the heart by opening blocked blood vessels

Tall Man Lettering: Using uppercase letters in writing part of the name of a drug to help distinguish it from other drug names that look or sound alike

Transparency: the public reporting of a hospitalís performance as a strategy to improve quality of care

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