Optimal Vascular Care

Cardiovascular Health Indicator
Measure: Optimal Vascular Care

Indicator Date of Most Recent Measure Current Measure Trend
Percentage of patients ages 18-75 with vascular disease who reached four treatment goals to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease: 2020 53.8% Getting Worse
Blood pressure less than 140/90 mmHg 2020 76.9% Getting Worse
Statin use as recommended 2020 90.9% Stable
Documented tobacco-free status 2020 82.0% Stable
Aspirin use as recommended 2020 88.0% Getting Worse


  • The Optimal Vascular Care measure is a set of four patient care goals that, when reached together, represent the gold standard for managing vascular disease. They are:

    1. Blood pressure less than 140/90 mmHg

    2. Statin use as recommended

    3. Documented tobacco-free status

    4. Aspirin use as recommended

    Reaching all four goals greatly lowers the risk for the health problems associated with vascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.

  • In 2020, 53.8% of Minnesota adults ages 18-75 with vascular disease met all four patient care goals.This is a historic large decline in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Patients were most likely to meet the statin and aspirin use goals, and less likely to meet the blood pressure control and tobacco-free status goals.
  • There were large disparities in meeting these care goals by race -- American Indian and African American/African Born patients were less likely to meet the four goals -- and by type of insurance – patients with Minnesota Health Program coverage or the uninsured were also less likely to meet the four goals.

See Also:

What is Heart Disease?

What is Stroke?

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Updated Friday, 18-Feb-2022 07:15:10 CST