The Cardiology Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program
The Cardiology Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program is an important service of the Cardiology department for those patients who have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. This program is primarily managed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses specializing in congestive heart failure, under the close direction of your cardiologist.
These days, there are more treatment options available for heart failure than ever before. The goals of treating heart failure are primarily to:
- Decrease the advancement of the disease (thereby decreasing the need for emergency room visits or hospitalization)
- Lessen the symptoms of CHF
- Improve quality of life
- Reduce health care costs to both the patient and the provider
You're an active partner with us in the management of your congestive heart failure. Tight control over your medications and lifestyle (weight, nutrition, exercise, and stress management), coupled with careful monitoring, are the first steps.
The program includes an intensive education program focusing on symptom recognition, the importance of overall lifestyle routines (diet, exercise, etc.), as well as the importance of following the treatment plan. For patients with advanced congestive heart failure, the program includes closely monitoring medications.
Each eligible participant will be partnered with a cardiologist, a nurse practitioner and a primary telephone triage registered nurse. This team approach allows us to provide timely feedback for patients who need to speak with a care provider or for patients who are experiencing worsening symptoms of their CHF.
How to Reach Us
Phone: 617-421-6097 or 888-559-0088 (toll free)
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm (excluding holidays)
Please note: After regular office hours your call will be forwarded to our team of clinical medical staff, which includes nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA), who answer calls and provide medical advice and information by phone.