The Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit took place this week in Raleigh, NC. Physicians, nurses, EMTs and other clinical care providers gathered from across the Mid-Atlantic to share knowledge with the common goal to improve care and quality of life for their patients.
Topics included hypertension, cholesterol, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, cardiac emergencies and stroke. The American Heart Association’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, set the tone for the conference on Monday morning by speaking about clinical care approaches to Life’s Simple 7.
When asked about the value of the summit, Dr. Sanchez said “the Quality Summit is a place where there’s great information being provided. There’re also some great testimonials – the case studies of the people who are doing the doing. And then there’s an opportunity to talk to them in between sessions to learn first hand what they did to take a challenging situation and turn it into a win for patients and the health systems.”
On Wednesday night, attendees gathered for the Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline Quality Achievement Dinner, where hospital systems were recognized for their achievements in providing quality care.
Dr. Sanchez elaborated on Get With The Guidelines for those who are unfamiliar with it: “Our new mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Get With The Guidelines is all about making that happen. In hospitals, we have the opportunity to do these things that provide great care and discharge people in great condition, allowing them to live high-quality lives for a longer period than otherwise.”
Hospitals from across the Mid-Atlantic, who see millions of patients, shared ideas and best practices around guideline-based treatments so they can save and improve lives in each of their communities.
Following the stroke-focused day on Thursday, there was a film screening of A Teachable Moment. A Teachable Moment tells the story of four stroke survivors who were able to recover through hard work and positive thinking, while teaching viewers about stroke, prevention and the F.A.S.T. warning signs (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Time to call 9-1-1). The film was followed by a panel featuring a stroke survivor local to Raleigh, who provided the patient perspective in a room filled with healthcare professionals.
For more information about this year’s Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit, please visit https://midatlantic.heart.org/qualitysummit.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.