Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The lungs fill with mucus and lower the oxygen level in the blood. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, chills, a "wet" cough, and chest pain. For more on pneumonia, visit MedlinePlus.
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
A heart attack, also called an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), happen when one of the arteries in the heart becomes blocked and the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart muscle is slowed or stopped. When an area of the heart does not get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the affected heart tissue may die.
Surgical Care Improvement Project
Scientific evidence shows that the following measures represent the best practices for preventing complications after certain surgeries: colon surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy, cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG)), and vascular surgery.
Children’s Asthma Care
Scientific evidence shows that the following measures represent best practices for treating children with asthma.
In heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body. The heart cannot fill with enough blood or pump with enough force, or both. Heart failure develops over time as the pumping action of the heart gets weaker. It can affect the right, the left, or both sides of the heart. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working or is about to stop working.
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