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WARREN – Trumbull Regional Medical Center Expands Reach of Cardiac Care with New Congestive Heart Failure Clinic.
The clinic is designed to improve the quality of life of patients with heart failure through lifestyle changes and drug therapy.
The clinic is also looking to reduce hospital readmissions and improve patient knowledge about congestive heart failure, said Kimberly Howe, president of Western Reserve Health Education at the hospital.
“It is important for a patient, because it is a chronic disease”, Howe said.
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in the body, often causing blood to pool and fluid to build up in the lungs. This can cause shortness of breath, reduced lung capacity, and fatigue.
From next week, the clinic will be open on Tuesday afternoons to accommodate patients with congestive heart failure recently discharged from hospital and patients with chronic heart failure, said Dr Shyam Bhakta, cardiologist. interventionist and medical director of the clinic.
Bhakta said studies have shown that seeing patients with heart failure within a week of discharge reduces those patients’ chances of readmission to hospital. He said he expects the clinic to grow quickly.
“Congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for people over 65. “ said Bhakta.
About 550,000 new cases of congestive heart failure are diagnosed in the United States each year, and more than 6.2 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, according to statistics from Trumbull Regional.
With people who survive heart failure and those who suffer from other heart conditions living longer, Bhakta said more and more people are developing the “final result” congestive heart failure.
“As the elderly population continues to explode, we expect a sharp increase in congestive heart failure,” said Bhakta.
While congestive heart failure mainly affects the elderly, Bhakta said that it also increasingly affects young people, especially those who are overweight or have other conditions such as diabetes. He added that congestive heart failure can also be common in younger women who have received aggressive chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Because the best way to manage heart failure is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, the Trumbull Regional clinic will give patients access to an exercise physiologist, dietitian and pharmacist.
“We hope to provide services that doctors and other providers do not have” said Bhakta. “This clinic is not intended to replace the patient’s primary care physician or cardiologist… it will be an added benefit and a supplement.”