Narrator: This is Science Today. The American Heart Association has launched a hospital-based program called 'Get with the Guidelines' to help health care workers manage risk factors in heart disease patients. This would include administering cholesterol, or lipid lowering medications. Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of UCLA's Cardiomyopathy Center, says the program is actually based on the success of their own system.
Fonarow: We were able to markedly improve the use of lipid-lowering medications, in patients hospitalized with cardiovascular disease. For example, eighty-six percent of the patients at UCLA were discharged on lipid-lowering therapy.
Narrator: In a recent study, Fonarow reported that nationwide, only thirty-two percent of heart-attack survivors received these medications upon discharge from a hospital.
Fonarow: And the "Get with the Guideline" program ensures that these therapies get started. Patients are treated no matter who they're individual physician may be or what type of hospital they're treated at.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.