Helpful Resources for Cardiovascular Patients

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute is dedicated to providing each and every patient with the education, support and resources they need to improve their heart condition and quality of life.

To make your experience with us as helpful as possible, our team has compiled patient resources for any phase of care. Whether you want to learn more about cardiovascular diagnostics, treatments or the management of your condition, our multidisciplinary team of heart and vascular experts are here to help.

What to Expect During a First Visit

When you first visit University Hospitals, at any of our convenient locations, please bring your insurance card, driver’s license or another form of identification, as well as the referral information from your primary care doctor. Once it’s time for your appointment, our cardiovascular specialists doctors will conduct a thorough medical evaluation and ask you about your medical history.

One or more diagnostic tests may be recommended in a follow-up visit to pinpoint your exact condition and design an appropriate treatment plan.

How to Prepare for Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures

In the event our cardiovascular specialists suggest a specific diagnostic or surgical procedure, they will provide you with careful instructions on how you can best prepare for it. Learn how to prepare for several of the most common procedures.

Specialized Cardiovascular Support Through Mended Hearts

For more than 60 years, a nonprofit organization called Mended Hearts has been providing support and inspiring hope in our patients with heart disease. Through Mended Hearts of Greater Cleveland, UH brings together patients, families and caregivers to learn how to live a healthy, fulfilling life after a heart event.

If you or a loved one are facing a heart condition, Mended Hearts gives you the opportunity to speak with someone who has been in your shoes and enables strong relationship development with a network of caring individuals.

Bi-Monthly CT Group for Transplant Patients & Caregivers

UH is pleased to host a group experience called the CT Group for heart and lung transplant patients. If you are living with a severe heart or lung condition, the CT Group can provide you with the opportunity to meet with other patients and caregivers in a structured setting so you can receive transplant specific education and support. Although the group’s requests dictate what is covered during sessions, the focus is usually on the following topics:

  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs
  • General A discussion of feelings
  • Medication management
  • Nutritional Diet planning
  • Wellness

By attending CT group meetings every other month, you and your caregivers can receive the professional guidance you need for all phases of care, including pre-transplant, transplant surgery and post-transplant.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Survivor Support Group

When patients are at home recovering from a serious condition, they may suffer from Post ICU Syndrome, making it difficult for them to pick up where they left off as a spouse, parent, friend, employee or individual. They may face problems with clear thinking, lingering weakness, anxiety or depression.

Since approximately one in three patients who have been to the intensive care unit (ICU) develop Post ICU Syndrome, we are pleased to host an ICU Survivor Support group. This unique group offers those struggling with Post ICU Syndrome the chance to share their experience and meet others who understand the challenges of recovery. By attending group meetings, participants can find inspiration throughout the recovery process. If you would like to learn more about our ICU survivor support group, contact us at 216-844-3800.

LVAD Support for Patients

A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump that is implanted inside of a patient’s chest to help their heart pump blood. Rather than replacing the heart, the

LVAD helps it perform its intended function. At UH, we understand the unique challenges of living with an LVAD and offer an LVAD support group for left ventricular assist device recipients, caregivers and providers. If you would like to learn more about our LVAD support group, contact us at 216-844-3800.

Helping Heart Failure Patients Live Healthy, Fulfilling Lives

Our heart and vascular specialists are dedicated to helping patients with heart failure live the healthy, fulfilling lives they deserve. We offer a comprehensive eBook that is an invaluable resource to heart failure patients of all ages. It contains useful tips on how to be active, make wise food choices, read food labels and much more.

Additional Educational Resources

Visit these pages to learn how to recognize heart attack symptoms in yourself and others; what to do if you suspect someone is having a heart attack; and how heart attack symptoms in women are often different from those seen in men.

Patient Stories

Read the inspirational stories of people who have come to University Hospitals for heart care and gone on to live healthy, productive lives.