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Community system offers Heart Failure Treatment Clinic service

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Health & Wellness

Published on January 30, 2019 with No Comments

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart has weakened and has difficulty pumping blood throughout the body. The Heart Failure Program of Community Healthcare System offers support, treatment and education to improve the quality of life for heart failure patients. The program is designed to support the patient’s doctor’s treatment plan and provide the tools and assistance needed to stay healthy and out of the hospital.

Inpatient- Education is provided to hospitalized heart failure patients and their families. To address the various needs of our heart failure patients, Community offers patients support and services from specially trained nurses, clinical dieticians, pharmacists, social workers and physician oversight.

Outpatient- Upon physician referral, the treatment center staff focuses on the patient’s medicine, diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to improve heart health. Follow-up may include continued visits to the center, or a home telephone monitoring syst.

The staff, along with the patient’s physician, will evaluate and monitor the patient’s condition through:

  • Physical Exam
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Intravenous (IV) Medications to help lessen symptoms
  • Oral Medication Therapy
  • Impedance Cardiography Test (ICG), a noninvasive test to provide information about the heart’s ability to deliver blood to the rest of the body.

Telemanagement- A home telephone monitoring system of the patient’s weight and symptoms is available. This program enables staff to monitor progress and better predict how the patient is responding to treatment or quickly alert the physician if problems are developing. The program empowers the patient to achieve their individual goals and understand their condition through appropriate education, nutritional counseling, and individual health assessment.

Patient Family Education and Support- The heart failure program staff focuses on medication, diet, exercise, positive lifestyle changes and symptom identification and management to improve the patient’s heart health. Support group featuring guest speakers on topics of specific interest to heart failure patients are offered to help patients and families better understand the disease process.

Those seeking additional information may contact any of the following Community facilities:

 

Community Hospital Heart Failure Program
901 MacArthur Boulevard
Munster, IN 46321
219-836-6779

St. Catherine Hospital Heart Failure Program
4321 Fir St.
East Chicago, IN 46312
219-392-7727

St. Mary Medical Center Heart Failure Program
1500 South Lake Park Avenue
Hobart, IN 46342
219-947-6823

 

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