Heart Failure Management
Achieving quality-of-life success
Heart failure does not mean the heart stops beating, as the term suggests. Rather, it pumps less forcefully than normal, making it unable to meet the demands of the body. Congestive fluid build-up in the lungs and other areas can cause shortness of breath, swelling in the extremities, and fatigue. Frequent trips to the emergency room, and repeated hospital admissions, all too often mark its course when treatment is focused on short-term, crisis interventions.
But heart failure is manageable.
The odds of delaying the onset of serious complications can be significantly improved with a carefully monitored drug regimen, diet modification, ongoing patient education and a trusted source of readily available medical support.
Our program teaches patients to recognize the signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure, and individualizes each patient’s follow-up care. Our cardiac nurse specialists are available to answer patients’ questions and concerns seven days a week. They can often trouble-shoot complications by modifying a patient’s treatment within our established protocols.
The reason our Heart Failure Management Program succeeds is because patients become our "partners" in their plan of care. Many patients are amazed at how much they are able to boost their activity and assert their independence after months, and sometimes years, of being virtually homebound.