The Heart Failure Clinic at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is different than most other clinics in and around the Chicago area. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, advanced practice nurses, nurses and other team members collaborate following a patient's diagnosis and create a customized treatment plan.
The program aims to strengthen the heart, improve health, monitor change and reduce the number of avoidable hospital days. Through periodic telephone calls and physician office visits, patients can benefit from medications, supervised exercise, nutrition consultations and other services to aggressively treat the condition.
If you are diagnosed with heart failure during an inpatient stay, the heart failure nurse will meet with you and your family to discuss medications, signs and symptoms of heart failure and when to call your physician, 911 or come to the emergency department. After discharge, the nursing staff will call patients to follow up on your progress.
Participation in the Heart Failure program can minimize complications during the transition from hospital to home and extends the opportunity to learn and self-manage a heart failure condition. Participation in the program is voluntary and does not require a physician referral.
The treatment team strives to provide superior outcomes using a clinical approach which may include comprehensive disease management, state-of-the-art technology, research and education. All diagnostic tests are available on-site. The referring doctor is kept up-to-date on care and treatment plans.