The American Heart Association & American Stroke Association (AHA & ASA) is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. As one of the most trusted sources of scientific information in cardiovascular and stroke medicine, this organization honors hospitals that consistently follow the most up-to-date guidelines for treatment.
Patients with life-threatening cardiovascular disease or stroke who go to hospitals that follow these guidelines are more likely to live and are less likely to return to the hospital for the same problem, according to the AHA & ASA. UVA received the following awards from the AHA & ASA for stroke care.
Get with the Guidelines®: Stroke Gold Plus
UVA received this award for reaching the goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA & ASA for 24 consecutive months. That means we followed guidelines set by the AHA & ASA more than 85 percent of the time for a period of two years.
Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
We received this award for reaching the goal of providing tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug, to more than 50 percent of eligible stroke patients within 45 minutes of their arrival to the emergency department and to more than 75 percent of eligible stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival.