Cardiac Management Center
About Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure is one of the most prevalent conditions in clinical medicine. It occurs when your heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. The heart is too weak or stiff to pump or fill with blood efficiently. Congestive heart failure often develops after other conditions, such as coronary artery disease, blocked arteries or high blood pressure, have damaged or weakened your heart muscle. While congestive heart failure is a lifelong condition, the outlook is brighter than ever. By modifying your lifestyle, and receiving encouragement and support through the Cardiac Management Center, you can live a longer, more comfortable life.
About the Cardiac Management Center
Your physician referred you to the Cardiac Management Center to receive more comprehensive coordination of your care. It includes consultation by cardiac experts specialized in treating congestive heart failure. We keep in close contact with your physician, and he/she will receive all of your information. Together, our goal is to plan the best course of managing the disease and help you get on to a happy, healthy life.
What Can You Expect?
Initially, you may come to see us in the Cardiac Management Center within a few days of being in the hospital. A brief questionnaire helps us evaluate your quality of life and determine how we might help improve this.
You may see a nurse in the clinic and at times, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Typically, you will only see a physician if you are not feeling well or are having problems since your discharge from the hospital.
In addition to an initial consultation, you can expect us to:
- Check your vital signs
- Review your medications
- Help you understand your diet
- Plan follow-ups
- Answer your questions about congestive heart failure
- Order additional tests if needed to monitor your progress
What should you bring?
- A list of questions
- Your Heart Failure Management Binder
- New/changes in medication regimen
Resource Nurse: 800.565.3108
Nabil Al-Sharif, MD
Prairie Heart Institute
201 S 14th Street
Herrin, IL 62948