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.