Thursday, August 23, 2007

Cardiovascular Data Bank

During recent years, there have been significant advancements in the management of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Another equally important advancement is the ability to objectively assess and document clinical competence in the conduct of different interventions employed to combat CVD. There has been system in place that records all the histories of patients undergoing procedures in all diagnostic units as well as admissions to specialty services are clinically data encoded.

The Department of Invasive Cardiology, which branches include coronary angiogram and angioplasty is one of the excellent areas in this institution. The CVD risk factors for patients undergoing coronary angioplasty were hypertension, high cholesterol level, prior angina, smoking and diabetes. Once the signs of CVD are present, the numbers of risk factors that are present increases as its significance are more pronounced. The department of cardiovascular surgery has also encoded various heart surgeries for the database which includes coronary bypass, vascular or blood vessel, heart valves and congenital.

This enormously powerful clinical database available at the CVD of hospitals allows doctors to evaluate performance, make recommendations to maintain and upgrade quality of care, initiate research to further the science of cardiovascular medicine, all advancements and research for the benefit of cardiac patients. On the subject of patient benefits, cardiac screening test can save lives by providing prompt and accurate diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. Thanks to these tests, many apparently healthy individual patients are discovered in the nick of time from heart attacks waiting to occur.



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