Living with Heart Failure
The term heart failure may sound frightening at first. When you have heart failure, your heart is still working, but it is not pumping as strongly or filling as effectively as it once did. Heart failure will not go away, but it can be managed so that you can increase your lifespan and remain active for as long as possible. It is important to remember that you are not alone. About five million people in the United States have heart failure. Learning about this condition is key to improving your quality of life.
The Heart Failure Clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of heart failure. This team includes a board-certified heart failure cardiologist, a specially trained nurse practitioner, a nurse specialist, and a pharmacist specializing in the diagnosis and management of heart failure.
Heart failure is a condition that requires comprehensive disease management with frequent checkups to keep the condition stable. Our special heart failure team provides a comprehensive disease management program that delivers individualized care for each patient. As part of your evaluation, the heart failure clinic team will review your history and prior test results before your initial clinic visit. Our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive care of your condition.
The heart failure team will develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs. This may include additional testing and changes in your medications. Patients in the Heart Failure Clinic also have access to the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program for further support of symptom management, nutrition and medication education, as well as low-level exercise, as appropriate. Your treatment plan will be sent to your primary care physician to keep him/her informed of your visit.
The heart failure clinic team has a strong affiliation with both Spectrum Health and the University of Michigan Health Systems to facilitate specialized services or procedures not available at Munson Medical Center. Such procedures include left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation and heart transplantation.
The heart failure clinic team also has expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension involves high pressure in the arteries to the lungs. This can be a serious condition that requires very specialized evaluation and care. The heart failure clinic has developed a strong partnership with the pulmonary hypertension program at the University of Michigan. Working together, we can provide our patients with the highest level of care for this condition.
For more information or to make a referral, contact the Heart Failure Clinic at (231) 392-0600, Fax (231) 392-0309.