Live Easier. Get Expert Help for Heart Failure.
If you and your doctor are working together to manage your diagnosis of heart failure, St. Luke’s Heart Failure Clinic can be an important part of your team. Excellence runs throughout our heart and vascular program, including our Heart Failure Clinic.
Successful heart failure management includes a multidisciplinary team of specialists, who work under the direction and supervision of your physician, to provide holistic management of your personal health, wellness and daily needs. This includes developing a customized plan just for you.
Your St. Luke’s support team will help you:
- Manage your medications
- Understand your symptoms
- Receive IV diuretics, as needed
- Make necessary lifestyle changes
- Access other resources, including diet and nutrition counseling, cardiac rehab, physical and occupational therapy, home health care, care navigation, and social services
Here’s What You’ll Find at St. Luke’s Heart Failure Clinic
- A convenient location, easy appointments, free parking and a friendly atmosphere.
- An exceptional clinic that is open to all patients with a primary diagnosis of heart failure – regardless of the hospital or health system where you were initially treated
- You will be seen by one of our experts within 7 days of being discharged from the hospital
What a Heart Failure Diagnosis Means
Yes, heart failure is a serious medical condition, but this diagnosis doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working or will suddenly stop working in the near future. The fact is, when successfully managed with professional help, medications and healthy lifestyle changes, many people live long and full lives – despite a diagnosis of heart failure.
More than five million people are living with heart failure. We know that managing this disease requires organization, education and a long-term commitment to health and wellness. The Heart Failure Clinic at St. Luke’s is staffed with caring experts who know how to help with every part of your journey. And our Clinic is equipped with the latest technology to help empower your success.
For many people, a diagnosis of heart failure brings with it many lifestyle changes. From managing new medications and coping with physical activity restrictions, to breaking old habits and forming new ones, heart failure management is an integral part of the way in which you live your life.
Our team will get to know you and your lifestyle before creating a customized plan of action for heart failure management that may include:
- Blood pressure and daily fluid intake management
- Dietary planning
- Physical activity and exercise planning and monitoring
- Bathing and grooming plans
- Household chores planning
- Anything else that concerns you regarding your heart failure diagnosis
Activity Guidelines for Those with Heart Failure
Activity and guided exercise are good for you! Activity includes anything that requires you to move your body. Getting dressed, shopping and doing housework are daily activities that may concern you following a diagnosis of heart failure.
In addition to learning how to perform daily living activities, you will most likely need a guided exercise plan to keep you fit and healthy. Both of these will help you have a stronger heart, lower risks – like high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight – lessen shortness of breath, and decrease feelings of fatigue, tension or aggression.
Your doctor or nurse may talk with you about cardiac rehabilitation, which is usually the first form of activity that follows diagnosis. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Center nurses and therapists will help you understand heart failure and what types of activities are good for you, and they’ll develop an exercise plan that works for you.
You’re in Control, and We’ll Be By Your Side
The best approach following a diagnosis of heart failure is a proactive one. The American Heart Association recommends the following additional lifestyle changes – under the direction of a physician – for heart failure patients:
- Quit smoking
- Lose excess weight
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid or limit caffeine
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Manage stress
- Get adequate rest
- Develop a support system
- Avoid flu and pneumonia by getting vaccinations
- Follow heart patient guidelines for sexual activity
- Select appropriate clothing
The St. Luke’s Heart Failure Clinic team can help you work these changes into your lifestyle while monitoring your safety and progress.