St. Vincent’s Heart Failure Clinic
At St. Vincent’s, we provide excellence in care if you or your loved one experiences Heart Failure. Our comprehensive program assists you with evaluation, treatment, and education. We work as a team to help you live a healthier life.
Understanding Heart Failure and Achieving Heart Wellness
Heart Failure, also known as congestive heart failure or ventricular dysfunction, is a common health problem in the United States. It occurs when the heart is unable to fill with or eject blood. Two major types of heart failure are a weakened heart muscle (systolic heart failure), or diastolic failure, which occurs when the heart is not able to rest between heart beats. More than 550,000 Americans are affected by Heart Failure each year. Heart Failure is the leading cause for hospital admissions for adults over the age of 65.
St. Vincent’s Team Approach
At St. Vincent’s, our Heart Failure Clinic offers you a comprehensive program of self-care heart health education, and we provide you with tools to better manage your health. We take a multidisciplinary team approach and work collaboratively with your cardiologist who partners with nurses, doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, palliative care specialists, home care agencies and skilled nursing facilities, as well as former patients and family members, in developing your individualized, comprehensive program of care.
The Heart Failure program at St. Vincent’s is proactive rather than reactive. Our goal is to give you an improved quality of life with fewer hospital admissions, shorter hospital stays and the availability of technological tool that allow you to remain independent. Care is also available if you are unable to manage your condition and are in need of additional services. The program also helps to facilitate a more palliative approach and transition to hospice when appropriate.
For more information or to make an appointment at St. Vincent's Heart Failure Clinic, please contact St. Vincent's at 203-576-6177.