What is Congestive Heart Failure?

It is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of the heart muscles. Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It can affect one or both sides of the heart.

RCA opened a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) clinic in 2016. The CHF Clinic utilizes a team approach to provide customized education, one-on-one medically supervised monitoring and early interventions to help patients avoid hospitalizations, control the disease process, and provide improved quality of life.

Our team closely monitor patients’ conditions to initiate early interventions and reduce the likelihood of disease progression lessening readmissions to the hospital. Did you know the rate CHF readmission within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital exceeds 25%? Our team educates the patient and their family about the nature of the disease, proper nutrition, proper monitoring at home, and exercise to give the patient better control over their disease process.

Who can benefit from our CHF Clinic?
Any patient with a diagnosis of CHF, whether or not recently hospitalized. We believe the education and increased knowledge will help patients better manage the disease process.

How does a patient get enrolled into the CHF Clinic?
A referral from the primary care physician is most common. Patients can also schedule an appointment with an RCA cardiologist who can determine appropriateness of enrolling in the CHF clinic.

What happens after I am enrolled in the CHF Clinic?
Each patient is individually assessed and provided with a custom treatment plan. For some patients, periodic check ups with the CHF team are needed after the initial workup. For other patients, more frequent visits might be recommended if close monitoring of medication adjustments are needed. The goal is to assist the patient in managing their own symptoms to provide a better quality of life.

Call 810-603-0170 if you would like to enroll in our CHF Clinic or schedule an appointment with an RCA cardiologist.