Heart failure (HF), often called congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when your heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of your body. Heart failure is caused by many conditions that damage or weaken your heart. It is a common and chronic form of heart disease and requires a multidisciplinary management approach. Dedicated CHF clinics, through affiliated hospitals, provide multidisciplinary heath care for patients with heart failure. A dedicated CHF clinic is designed to reduce the rate of readmissions and to improve the quality of life of heart failure patients.
Patients are counselled and managed by a team of specialists including:
- Clinical nurse coordinators
- Specialists from pharmacy
- Cardiac rehabilitation team members
- Social workers
A dedicated CHF clinic provides comprehensive education to the patient and their caregivers about identification of common symptoms, dietary modifications, medication and adherence to treatment.
Baylor Heart Hospital