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. In other cases, the heart can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems.
The term "heart failure" doesn't mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. However, heart failure is a serious condition that requires medical care.
The Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic is a service that provides education to patients and care givers regarding self-management, disease process, and other topics in accordance nationally recognized organizations. Our goal is to work with you and your cardiologist to improve your level of function and feeling of well-being. We work together with you 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 worsening of your condition. The more you know about your disease and what you can do to prevent a hospitalization, the happier we are. In addition, patients receive daily telephone monitoring for 30 days, and a dictated office note is distributed to the referring MD after each visit.
Patients visiting the clinic are instructed to maintain their routine primary care and cardiology appointments and will not be treated for any non-HF complaints. Patients seen in the clinic will not be scheduled for diagnostic testing or referred to other physicians. The Diuretic Center is used for patients that may have worsening of their heart failure and need an intravenous medication. The medication is delivered after routine blood work is checked and the patient usually goes home after a short period of time. It is not unusual for these patients to be seen in the Heart Failure Clinic the following day to insure they have benefited from the therapy.
More information on heart failure can be found here: Heart Failure