The Reading Hospital percentages displayed in this graph reflect discharges during second quarter 2011. State and national rates from the US Department of Health & Human Services are for discharges between October 2009 and September 2010.
Why is this important?
Smoking increases your risk for developing blood clots and heart disease that can result in a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. Smoking causes your arteries to thicken and your blood vessels to narrow. Fat and plaque stick to the walls of your arteries, which makes it harder for blood to flow. Reduced blood flow to your heart may result in chest pain, high blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. Smoking is also linked to lung disease and cancer, and can cause premature death. It is important that you get information to help you quit smoking before you leave the Hospital. Quitting may help prevent another heart attack.
Our approach to improving performance:
The Reading Hospital is now a smoke-free campus. We provide our patients with educational material about how to quit smoking, including dates for our Breathe Easy Smoking Cessation classes and Stay Quit Support Group. A counselor is available for patients who want to quit smoking, and our patient education booklet, A Change of Heart, includes additional resources for those seeking help.