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Heart Failure Management Program

Innovative care for a common cardiac condition

Heart failure is prevalent, affecting approximately 6.5 million Americans and contributing to 8.5% of all heart-disease-related deaths in the US. Additionally, it remains a leading cause of hospitalizations, particularly among people 65 and older.

That’s why we’re committed to providing exceptional care to help patients manage this condition. One of the main ways we do this is through our innovative Heart Failure Management Program.

What is heart failure?

Heart failure is a progressive condition where the heart muscle weakens over time. This leads to a decreased ability to pump blood effectively. Common causes include:

As a chronic condition, heart failure typically cannot be cured. However, with proper management and treatment, many people with heart failure can lead fulfilling lives and effectively control their symptoms.

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Symptoms can include:

  • Cough
  • Fatigue, weakness or faintness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Need to urinate at night
  • Pulse that feels fast or irregular, or a sensation of feeling the heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Shortness of breath when active or lying down
  • Swollen (enlarged) liver or abdomen
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Waking up from sleep after a couple of hours due to shortness of breath
  • Weight gain

Recognizing these symptoms early and addressing them is vital for timely diagnosis and disease management.

How is heart failure treated?

Once diagnosed, treatment strategies focus on addressing root causes, managing symptoms and improving heart function to enhance quality of life and reduce complications. Generally, this includes a combination of medications, lifestyle modifications and surgical interventions.

How does St. Luke’s Heart Failure Program offer support?

Emphasizing a holistic approach, this program aims to help patients through:

  • Education
  • Medication adjustments
  • Guidance on diet and exercise
  • Remote weight and blood pressure monitoring, ensuring the ability to respond quickly to any issues and greatly reducing hospital admissions
  • A Certified Heart Failure Nurse Navigator who regularly checks in and is readily available by phone

What are the benefits of a Certified Heart Failure Nurse Navigator?

This specialized nurse is dedicated to offering guidance and answering any questions patients have. The nurse also serves as a liaison between patients and their healthcare providers, ensuring seamless communication and collaboration throughout treatment.

Can I just have my primary care provider manage my heart failure?

Yes, however, research shows that there are many benefits of working more proactively with a team of heart specialists who can provide more frequent, ongoing support and monitoring. This team will work together with your primary care provider to keep track of your heart condition and give you the best care possible.

St. Luke’s does not require a referral for this service. To see if your insurance company requires one, call the number on your card.

This service is available at these locations.

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