Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood through the heart to meet the body's needs.
- Watch a video about heart failure
- Heart failure symptoms and treatment
- Stages of heart failure (PDF)
- Getting the care you need
As the region's first accredited Heart Failure Institute, Lutheran Hospital provides cardiac care designed around the unique needs of heart failure patients.
Specialty Care and a Dedicated Hospital Unit for Heart Failure PatientsLutheran Hospital has a unit dedicated to heart failure patients and staffed by a specially trained team of physicians and nurses. This unit was created to reduce the time heart failurepatients spend in the hospital, increase their time at home between hospital stays and enhance their overall quality of life through innovative therapies and one-on-one education.
Communication is key in caring for heart failure. The physicians and nursing staff employ a collaborative approach to patient care by visiting patients together, which improves communication with patients and families.
Even after a hospital stay, our heart failure coordinator calls patients within the first 24 to 72 hours to make certain they understand their discharge instructions and to answer any questions. The heart failure nurse practitioner may also follow up with patients to answer questions and monitor recovery.
Keeping in touch with patients helps them stay on track for improved recovery and avoid future hospital stays.
Heart Failure Specialist
Kristen Maurice, DO, a board certified cardiologist, specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Maurice evaluates and manages:
- Advanced heart failure
- Implanted devices, including ventricular assist devices (VAD)
- Patients awaiting heart transplantation
- Heart transplant patients
Member of the medical staff at Lutheran Hospital
Aquapheresis® Therapy for Symptom ReliefHeart failure may cause patients to retain extra water and salt, a symptom often relieved using medication. For individuals whose bodies no longer respond to this medication, a powerful therapy called Aquapheresis® is available to remove excess body fluid and help restore fluid balance. This therapy can relieve heart failure symptoms and reduce hospital admissions for fluid build-up or related complications. Lutheran is the only hospital in northeastern Indiana providing both inpatient and outpatient Aquapheresis® for symptom relief.
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