Elkhart General Heart Failure Clinic
About five million Americans have heart failure – a chronic condition where your heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced. The result: a lack of oxygen that causes you to feel tired, mentally less alert and weak. Symptoms could also include shortness of breath, swelling in your legs, feet, stomach or lungs. The good news is for many, heart function can be improved and symptoms reduced. The Beacon Health Systems team is here to help you accomplish just that.
The goal of our program is to improve quality, prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital admissions, promote consistency in use of Heart Failure medications and promote better self-management through patient education and lifestyle changes.
The Elkhart General Heart Failure Clinic, the only one in the region certified by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, serves as a bridge between inpatient and outpatient services. Our dedicated team of physicians, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners work together to provide patient-centered care. The services provided through the Heart Failure Clinic include:
- One-on-one personalized care from a nurse practitioner specialized in heart failure management
- Comprehensive education and counseling on chronic disease management tailored to you
- Medication management, including adjusting medications to manage symptoms
- Education and guidance on self-care behaviors that include daily weight monitoring, regular exercise, low-sodium diet, and knowing your symptoms
- Prompt follow-up after hospitalization or periods of instability
- Care coordination with your cardiologist and/or primary care provider
- Assistance in monitoring the signs and symptoms of heart failure and fluid overload to avoid emergency room visits or hospitalizations
- Easy access to our heart failure team with quick responses to questions and concerns
Your First Visit
Your first visit will include:
- Check of your vital signs, height, weight
- Review of your medical history
- Consult with a pharmacist regarding your medications
- Education about managing your disease, including lifestyle changes
- Examination by a nurse practitioner
The first visit may last up to 90 minutes.
Additional visits may last 30-60 minutes, based on the individual and their needs. Typically additional visits will occur until your medications have been adjusted to an appropriate level to control your symptoms and optimize your heart function.
For More Information
Through education and support, the heart failure clinic has reduced hospitalizations (including readmissions) for heart failure patients and improved quality of life.
You may be referred by your doctor. You may also make an appointment without a referral. For appointments or more information please contact the Elkhart General Heart Failure Clinic at 574.523.2785.
Most insurance policies cover a portion of the cost of this program.