Published on February 06, 2012

Help for the heart: Award-winning program combats heart failure

blood cellsHeart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump adequate amounts of blood to meet the body’s needs. 

Causes include coronary artery disease, heart valve failure, genetic disorders, and drug and/or alcohol abuse, among others.

“About 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure, and each year more than 277,000 people die from it,” says Cheryl Leddy, MD, FACC, medical cardiologist at Nazareth Hospital. “Although heart failure is progressive, proper medical intervention can sometimes slow the progression.”

To help patients and physicians combat heart failure, Nazareth Hospital participates in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure program. This program provides hospitals with Web-based tools that allow physicians to closely monitor patients after discharge from the hospital. The goals are to improve patient compliance with medications and lifestyle modifications, and to avoid hospital readmissions.

Additionally, Nazareth Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award acknowledges Nazareth Hospital for reaching important benchmarks in the treatment of heart failure patients.

“This high-tech, evidence-based approach enables Nazareth Hospital to improve the quality of care for heart failure patients,” says Dr. Leddy. “We believe this program will help save lives and, ultimately, reduce costs by avoiding rehospitalizations.”

Take Control. Nazareth’s nationally certified program can help you manage CHF. Call 866.NAZARETH (866.629.2738).