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. You will still have visits with your primary physician and we will keep him/her updated on your progress with us. Together, our goal is to plan the best course of managing the disease and help you get on to a happy, healthy life.
There are an increasing number of heart failure patients every year, worldwide. Research shows that these patients are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and have frequent trips to the emergency room.
- Excess build-up of fluid in body tissues
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of appetite, nausea
- Confused, impaired thinking
- Increased heart rate
What Can You Expect?
Self-management of heart failure symptoms at home can dramatically decrease your visits to the emergency room or admission to the hospital. The Cardiac Management Center is a resource to help you learn how to manage your heart failure and improve quality of life.
Initially, you may se e our Heart Failure Nurse Navigator during you stay at an SIH facility. You may also be referred to us for follow-up by an ER physician, your cardiologist or primary care doctor on an outpatient basis.
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
- Provide IV medications for heart failure symptoms, thus avoiding trips to the ER.
- Be available to you 24/7 should you have questions about heart failure during evening hours and weekends.
What should you bring?
- A list of questions
- Your Heart Failure Management Binder
- All of your medications and medication containers
- New/changes in medication regimen
Nabil Al-Sharif, MD
Prairie Heart Institute
Herrin Medical Arts, Lower Level
220 S Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948.