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BY: Metro Source Staff | January 10, 2013

AMHERST - Buffalo Medical Group Primary Care division physicians were recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Assoication for providing quality care to their patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke.

The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke, receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality heart and stroke care and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of cardiovascular and stroke care.

To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, 29 BMG primary care physicians submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the program’s key cardiovascular and stroke care measures.

These measures include blood pressure and cholesterol control, among others.

When people with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke, receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer additional complications such as a second heart attack or stroke.

“Quality patient care translates into saved lives,” said Sidny Smith, professor of medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and past president and past chief of science officer of the American Heart Association.

“This is why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is supporting a recognition program for clinicians providing quality care. This program closes the gap by putting into practice AHA/ASA guidelines and statements to fight heart disease and stroke.”

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United Sates and more than 60 million Americans have one of more types of cardiovascular disease.

Approximately 700,000 Americans suffer from stroke each year.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability.

Despite evidence that reducing cholesterol levels and controlling high blood pressure prevent further health complications, many cardiac and stroke patients are not treated effectively for these symptoms.

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