What is Heart Failure? Heart failure (HF) is a common medical condition. About 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure, and it is the cause of about 300,000 deaths each year. In heart failure, the heart does not pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Because the heart is not pumping effectively, blood is not able to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the parts of the body. As a result, fluid and waste products accumulate in parts of the body, such as lungs, feet and legs.
Since 2004, all Baystate Health facilities have been publicly reporting Heart Failure care through the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). This reporting helps to ensure that every patient who comes to BH with heart failure receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.