(HealthDay News) – Programs within the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) provide valuable information about cardiovascular trends, according to a report published online Sept. 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, and colleagues characterized the patients, participating centers, and measures of quality of care and patient outcomes for five NCDR programs for the year 2011.
The researchers found that from 2009–2011 there was an increase in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performed at the radial access site and a concomitant decrease in PCI performed at the femoral access site. For patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, there have been continued improvements in meeting guideline-recommended door-to-balloon times of ≤90 minutes, as seen in the ACTION-Get With The Guidelines registry. Data from the CathPCI Registry showed optimal prescribing of medical therapy to PCI patients at discharge. In the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) registry, nearly 25% of patients with ICDs did not receive optimal medical therapy. Based on data from the PINNACLE Registry, providers regularly record patient blood pressures (95.1%), but rarely implement hypertension care plans (34.5%).
“The data in this report demonstrate the value of national registries in providing an unprecedented and broad perspective on the care and outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease,” Masoudi said in a statement.
Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.