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Congestive Heart Failure

What is CHF?Diagnosis and TreatmentsFAQs

Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the pumping ability of the heart becomes reduced due to damaged heart muscle tissue. Heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition affecting millions of Americans.

How Advocate Christ Medical Center Can Help

Advocate Christ Medical Center has long been a leader in the treatment of heart failure. We offer one of the most comprehensive congestive heart failure programs in the United States. At the forefront of innovative treatment and research, Christ Medical Center often treats patients who were given little or no hope elsewhere.

Our Heart Failure Clinic features the latest technologies and clinical experts to provide patients with the best possible CHF care. We are also leaders in the research and development of devices to overcome heart failure including development and implantation of ventricular assist devices and cutting-edge clinical trials related to heart failure.

Our Heart Failure Program
The goal of the heart failure program is to provide the best in heart failure care, education and prevention, and to help patients reach and maintain a level of optimal health. In fact, we were the first hospital in the country to institute a heart failure screening program. And, because of the personalized care our program provides, only 7.5 percent of our CHF patients are back in the hospital 30 days after treatment, compared to the national average of about 20 percent. Those numbers, along with all the attributes listed above, earned Advocate Christ Medical Center Disease Specific Certification from The Joint Commission (JCAHO).

The program is designed to reinforce and advance your physician's prescribed treatment plan by providing access to the latest treatments and medical advances in heart failure care. Working with your referring physician, a multidisciplinary team will develop an individualized plan for you that can offer the following options:

  • Clinic follow-up and telephone monitoring
  • Customized education about heart failure, medications and dietary restrictions
  • Monitored ACE inhibitor and beta blocker initiation/titration
  • Anticoagulation monitoring
  • Acute therapies for decompensated patients including IV diuretics
  • Opportunity to join monthly "Healthy Hearts" group
  • Participation in new HF investigational therapies
  • Home health care by nurses trained in heart failure
  • Access to cardiologists who specialize in heart failure and heart surgeons trained in the latest surgical techniques and heart transplantation

Learn More about Congestive Heart Failure

What is congestive heart failure?
How is congestive heart failure diagnosed and treated?
Frequently asked questions about congestive heart failure.

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