What is heart failure?
Heart failure is a chronic disease in which the heart's pumping ability is impaired so much that it no longer meets the body's needs. This causes fluid to build up in the lungs and throughout the body. Symptoms include shortness of breath, abdominal distention or bloating, swelling in the legs, and fatigue.
The disease currently affects 5 million Americans, with more than 500,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Typically heart failure is the end stage of a number of heart conditions and diseases.
How can the Heart Failure Clinic help me?
Heart failure and its related therapies are very complex. Managing your care works best when you're a part of the treatment team and are actively engaged and educated about your condition. Our team offers the full range of care you need for education, treatment and monitoring of heart failure. This team includes your primary care doctor, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and other specialists.
In addition, our team has adopted common guidelines that have been shown to create better outcomes for heart failure patients. Our goal is to promote consistent, effective management of your heart condition, prevent unnecessary emergency room visits or hospitalizations, and to promote better self-management through education and lifestyle changes.
What's included in the program?
How do I sign up?
Admission begins with a referral from your primary care doctor or your cardiologist. Once enrolled, you'll have regularly scheduled visits in the clinic to allow the team to assess and treat symptoms at earlier stages. Education will help you to take charge of your life, prevent recurrent hospitalizations and to reduce time in the hospital if it becomes necessary.
If you're not sure this program is for you, feel free to discuss with your primary care doctor, your cardiologist, or just give us a call at 608-392-9862.