Quality of Care
Aspirin Use and Discussion - Aspirin Use
The graph above shows VA medical center scores compared with non-VA hospital scores for aspirin use. The percentages represent the number of patients currently taking aspirin. For this measure, a higher percentage indicates a higher quality of care, with 100 percent being the target.
What is this measure?
This measure is one component of a two-part survey measure that assesses different aspects of managing aspirin use for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The Aspirin Use measure is the percentage of members who stated they are currently taking aspirin.
What are we measuring?
The Aspirin Use component assesses the percentage of patients who are currently taking aspirin. It is recommended that women 56 to 79 years of age with at least two risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD); men 46 to 65 years of age with at least one risk factor for CVD; and men 66 to 79 years of age, regardless of risk factors use aspirin.
Why is this important?
Aspirin treatment has been shown to prevent one cardiovascular event over an average follow-up of 6.4 years. This means that, on average in a 6.4 year time period, the use of aspirin therapy results in a benefit of three cardiovascular events prevented per 1,000 women and four events prevented per 1,000 men. Aspirin has been shown to reduce CHD in patients with peripheral arterial disease, as well.