Heart Failure Education to Help You Manage Your Health
Personalized Self-Management Program
A comprehensive, personalized self-management plan is developed for each patient by the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Center team.
Your comprehensive plan 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
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.
Clinical Trials & Research
View current clinical trials and innovative therapies including drugs, stem cells and device trials for patients with advanced heart failure.
If you have heart failure, you may be taking many different medications. Learn what you should know about the medications you are taking and how to manage them safely.
Read inspirational stories about real people who came to University Hospitals for heart care and are now thriving.
Our heart failure experts give patient education seminars to address some of the issues that patients with heart failure may experience and how they can be managed. Watch the presentations in their entirety online.
UH Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Survivor Support Group
When recovering from a serious condition, patients may suffer from post ICU syndrome, experiencing problems with clear thinking, lingering weakness, anxiety or depression. This support group offers those struggling with post ICU syndrome the chance to share their experience and meet others who understand the challenges of recovery, offering inspiration throughout the recovery process. Learn more: Call 216-844-5096.
UH VAD Support Group
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump implanted inside a patient’s chest to help their heart pump blood. At UH, we understand the unique challenges of living with a VAD and offer a support group for VAD recipients, caregivers and providers. Learn more: Call 216-844-3800.