Advanced Heart Failure
The Heart Failure Center* is a program of the Center for Advanced Heart Care, an outpatient program dedicated to supporting patients who face cardiovascular disease.
At the Heart Failure Center, we focus on patient-centered care for everything, from early detection and diagnosis to a complete array of treatment options, including medications, heart valve repair and replacements, and mechanical devices to help the heart work better.
We address the needs of all heart failure patients and apply the best technology available with the best experts available to use it. In fact, we implement a multidisciplinary approach, building a team of specialty physicians and advanced practice nurses to ensure the best course of treatments to reduce the patient’s symptoms, improve quality of life and prolong survival.
At Community Heart and Vascular, we have cardiologists who specialize in advanced heart failure and transplant.
To be referred to a cardiologist who treats advanced heart failure, please call 800-777-7775.
Why Choose Our Heart Failure Program?
- Expert review of your case and management of your unique clinical situation with real-time response to your questions and problems.
- Having a health professional as your personal advocate and partner in care.
- Access to unlimited learning opportunities with nurse practitioner expertise available during office visits and via telephone and Internet.
- Personal dietitian and pharmacist consultations.
- Decreased hospitalization and readmission rates.
What is the program like?
We provide care in conjunction with your cardiologist and family doctor. We offer extensive teaching on heart failure medications, diet, disease process and coping strategies. We have a dietitian and pharmacist who offer individualized educational needs, as well as a monthly support group to offer emotional support. Together with your other physicians, our goal is to improve or maintain your best quality of life possible while keeping you out of the hospital.
Patients are enrolled in our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) program for the first six weeks. The IVR system will call you at prearranged times during the week to help us monitor your status at home. Additionally, through participation, you will master the skills necessary to manage your heart failure between visits.
Patients with end-stage heart failure may be candidates for a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). An LVAD is a mechanical pump-type device implanted surgically to pump blood to the body, when a weakened heart can no longer perform this function to sustain life. Our staff is specially trained to manage the care of such patients and your care will be individualized to your medical needs.
The frequency of your visits will be determined by you and your nurse practitioner based on your needs and ability. We will individualize your care to fit your needs.
How much does a clinic visit cost?
Most insurance carriers cover most, if not all, of the cost. For specific questions regarding your insurance plan, please call 317-621-8727.
We Help You Manage
The Anticoagulation Clinic helps patients manage their blood thinner medication.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with heart failure, please consider joining our monthly support group to help you with your condition.
Contact the Heart Failure Center
Community Hospital East: 317-355-2246
Community Hospital South: 317-887-7988
Community Heart and Vascular Hospital: 317-621-8668
Community Hospital Anderson - Healthy Hearts Center: 765-298-5590
About Heart Failure
What is heart failure?
Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped or failed; it means that the heart has become weakened and does not pump enough blood with each heartbeat to meet the demands of the body. When your heart does not pump efficiently, blood may back up into your lungs and other tissues. When this happens, organs such as your kidneys and your brain receive less blood and oxygen and you may begin to experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath when you exert yourself or when you lie down
- Fatigue and weakness
- Swelling in your legs, ankles and feet
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Reduced ability to exercise
- Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged phlegm
- Swelling of your abdomen
- Sudden weight gain from fluid retention
- Lack of appetite and nausea
- Difficulty concentrating / decreased alertness
What causes heart failure?
Heart failure can be caused by any medical problem that weakens or damages the heart muscle. Having diabetes with or without heart disease, or high blood pressure, increases the risk of heart failure, especially in women. Common causes of heart failure include:
- Coronary artery disease (buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits in the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood and oxygen)
- High blood pressure
- Cardiomyopathy (changes to your heart muscle function)
- Abnormal heart valves (valves do not fully open or close)
- Severe lung disease
- Severe anemia (not having enough red blood cells to carry oxygen)
- Overactive thyroid (causes the body to work at a fast pace)
- Abnormal heart rhythm (heart beating too fast or too slow)
- Overuse of alcohol or other toxins
- Certain medications (e.g., chemotherapy agents)
- Infection of the heart muscle
- Familial or genetic (condition present in other family members)
Can heart failure go away or be cured?
Heart failure is a chronic disease that will never fully go away; however, your heart failure symptoms may come and go. If the cause of heart failure is known, there are treatment options that offer the best long-term results. Most often, heart failure can be controlled with medicines, diet, rest and low-level exercise. Sometimes the cause of heart failure is unknown. Heart failure can also be temporary if the cause can be reversed.
*A Department of Community Hospital East