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Heart Failure Program

Congestive heart disease can be very serious if not effectively controlled. To help patients successfully manage their condition, North Oaks has a program specific to Heart Failure (HF) patients. The program is provided at no cost to patients who are admitted to the hospital with a primary diagnosis of HF, or are diagnosed with a HF during their stay.

What is Heart Failure?

Heart Failure (HF) is a disorder that prevents the heart from pumping blood properly. This results in blood backing up into other areas of the body. Those areas most frequently affected include the liver, gastrointestinal tract, arms and legs, and  the lungs. HF can be caused by a variety of conditions, including hypertension (high blood pressure), heart valve disease or other heart diseases.

Program Objectives:

  • Reduce  the length of the hospital stay
  • Prevent patients from having to return to the hospital for readmission
  • Improve the patient’s quality of life.

Program Components:
Inpatient Education

While the patient is in the hospital, they are taught to monitor :
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight gain
  • Fluid intake
  • Sodium intake
These factors are key to successfully managing HF.

Outpatient Options

Once discharged from the hospital, patients may work with the cardiac rehabilitation staff for a period of time. Outpatient care includes follow-up phone calls to the patient to monitor their progress and to educate them to strive for optimal health.