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Heart Attack Medication

What was measured?

What percentage of HMO members who had a heart attack received beta blocker drugs after the attack to ease heart pain and help avoid a repeat heart attack or stroke?

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient administative and medical records.

Why is it important?

The right care for people who have had a heart attack includes getting medications — like beta blocker drugs — to help avoid a repeat heart attack. These drugs ease how hard the heart has to work-particularly important immediately after the damage of a heart attack.

Look for differences of at least four percentage points.

Smaller differences are often not significant.

Heart Attack Medication
Health Plan (HMO) Rating
  • 0% (worse)
  • (better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 99%
Health Net of California 98%
CIGNA HealthCare of California 95%
Blue Cross of California - HMO 94%