Why do you need a CHF Clinic?
Medication education and management
Support for a heart-healthy diet
CHF teaching for you and your family
Heart Failure is a serious condition, however with the right care, it can be manageable. We are dedicated to helping you make the best recovery possible and preventing the likelihood of acute episodes that put you back in the hospital. Our CHF Clinic coordinator is a certified family nurse practitioner who works in collaboration with cardiologists and other specialists to ensure the best treatment plan for you.
How can the CHF Clinic help you?
The CHF clinic provides a continuation of your treatment — at no cost to you — including:
The clinic can provide continued follow-up care for as long as you need it including making referrals to:
• Other specialty doctors
• Home Health
• Social workers
• Cardiac rehabilitation
• Community support groups
You may be referred for an appointment to our clinic at the time of your discharge from the hospital. You also may schedule an appointment by calling 423-431-6496. The clinic accepts walk-in appointments Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is heart failure?
Heart failure means that the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal, or the heart muscles are stiff and do not relax and fill properly.
What causes heart failure?
Conditions such as persistent high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attack, inflammation and diseases of the heart valves can cause heart failure.
What are the symptoms of heart failure?
The primary symptoms of heart failure are swelling of the feet and legs (edema) and shortness of breath. People with heart failure often feel weak and fatigued and have difficulty performing everyday activities such as climbing stairs and carrying groceries.
How is heart failure treated?
Common treatments for heart failure include lifestyle changes, such as monitoring and tracking your weight on a daily basis, and medications that lower blood pressure, modulate heart rate and eliminate fluids from the body.
What does a Nurse Practitioner do?
- Lifestyle assessment and counseling
- Education regarding the heart failure disease process
- Medication management
- Evaluation for the cardiac resynchronization therapy (device therapy)
What does a CHF Coordinator do?
- Resource to patients during hospital stay and after discharge from hospital
- Provides education regarding the heart failure disease process
- Provides community education