Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood and has trouble relaxing. Or, the heart can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems.
Having heart failure doesn’t mean you can’t live a full and rewarding life, but you do need to play an active role in taking care of yourself to do so. The Heart Failure Clinic at Northside Hospital provides patients and families with proven tools and techniques so that they may continue to lead fulfilling lives. The clinic offers education and follow-up treatment to patients and their caregivers regarding a heart failure diagnosis and self-management of the disease.
Our goal is to improve your level of daily activities and feeling of well-being. We work with you and your cardiologist to insure you are on the right medications at the right doses, you understand the dietary and fluid requirements, and you recognize the signs and symptoms that may signal a worsening of your condition.
We provide educational sessions for patients and family members detailed
by the Heart Failure Society of America on topics including:
• Low sodium diets and dining out
• Lifestyle changes
• Family and Caregiver tips
• Exercising with heart failure
• Advanced care planning
The more you know about your disease and what you can do to prevent a hospitalization, the happier we are.
You will receive an initial call 24-72 hours after discharge. This initial call will include a review of your discharge medications and instructions on obtaining proper daily weighs. You will need to measure your blood pressure and heart rate daily as well. Phone calls will be made Monday-Friday for 14-30 days, then as necessary based on individual needs.
Dietary and fluid issues, improper use of medication, lack of self-care
understanding and other factors may contribute to excess fluid buildup
and require intravenous medications to avoid being hospitalized.
The Heart Failure Clinic at Northside Hospital provides a safe location for this medication administration to occur. At the clinic, you will have blood drawn for review of electrolytes and kidney function. The appropriate hospital required paperwork will also be completed, and medication will be provided. Documentation of your clinic visit will be dictated and a copy faxed to your heart doctor’s office.
To schedule your heart failure education, call the Heart Failure Clinic registration line:
Atlanta: (404) 780-7860
Forsyth: (770) 292-4806