Heart Failure Education and Guidance to Help You Manage Your Heart Health
A personalized self-management program will be developed for you by the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Center medical team. Your comprehensive plan, which will include input from you, will include:
- A complete physical assessment by a heart failure specialist
- A plan developed specifically for you by your medical team and yourself
- Intensive education on managing your heart failure
- Diet review and instruction on how to follow a low-sodium diet
- Exercise testing and risk stratification
- Exercise training and guidance
- Complete medication review, including dosing, possible side effects and possible medication interactions
- Help with financial application for medication assistance programs, if appropriate
- Assistance with any disability application, if appropriate
- Opportunities to participate in cutting-edge projects and research trials that may lead to improvements in heart failure care
- Heart transplant and assist device evaluation, if appropriate
Managing Your Heart Failure at Home
The expert care and guidance you receive from your physician and other caregivers on the Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Center team at your regularly scheduled appointments is very important and you should work hard to follow all of their recommendations. It is also very important, however, that you take an active role in managing your own health between appointments. In addition to following your doctor’s advice, there are a few simple tips and lifestyle adjustments that can help you manage your disease and stay healthy at home and out of the hospital.
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