Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for people over 65. Heart failure affects nearly 6 million people in the United States. People with heart failure have a heart that is either stiff and not able to adequately fill with blood or it doesn’t squeeze efficiently. With both scenarios, the result is a syndrome of shortness of breath, activity intolerance and fatigue. As a result, it accounts for over 1 million hospitalizations each year and up to 15 million office visits.
Dixie Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive care to patients in all stages of heart failure, from prevention to advanced disease. We are focused on providing the most current available heart failure treatments consistent with national guidelines. We are also devoted to raising awareness within the general and medical communities about optimal heart failure management.
Using Best Practices
The success and foundation of our program is centered on establishing and implementing “best-practice” guidelines in the hospital and in the community. These are practices that doctors and healthcare professionals agree are the best way to treat heart failure based on data collected from thousands of patients. By adopting these best practices, we've been able to increase survival rates, decreased hospital admissions, and made improvements in the quality of life for heart failure patients.
Heart failure goals are based on the best evidence on providing care to patients with this diagnosis. Our heart failure goals include:
- Measuring heart function
- Prescribing appropriate medications
- Teaching patients how to manage their heart failure at home (MAWDS)
o Take your medications
o Stay active each day
o Weigh yourself every day
o Follow a heart healthy diet
o Recognize your symptoms
- Encouraging smoking cessation for smokers