Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart fails to pump enough blood to the body. As the pumping slows, blood can accumulate in the body, causing congestion in areas such as the arms, legs, lungs, and liver. And this can reduce the flow of vital oxygen and nutrients to various organs.
Congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for patients over the age of 65—and it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. That’s why St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, along with the physicians of St.Vincent Medical Group and St.Vincent Medical Group, have created the Congestive Heart Failure Program: one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs to help care for people with CHF.
With both inpatient and outpatient facilities, we can accurately diagnose CHF and provide a full range of treatment options, including the implantation of mechanical devices, surgical procedures, and even customized lifestyle modification programs to help patients manage the life changing circumstances brought on by CHF. St.Vincent is also staffed by a full range of CHF experts, including:
- Nurse practitioners
- Medical assistants
- Dieticians specially skilled in helping patients with CHF.
Congestive Heart Failure Support Group
For people with congestive heart failure and their families, there’s the Congestive Heart Failure Support Group. Participants meet the first Tuesday of each month to offer advice and support to their fellow group members and discuss how CHF has changed their lives. Goals of the group include:
- Information about the latest medications
- Tips on lifestyle adjustments to cope with CHF
- Emotional support
The CHF Support Group is hosted by Clinical Social Worker, Shelly Plotner, LCSW, and Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mary Fischer, RN. With Shelly’s 20 years of healthcare counseling experience, and Mary’s clinical nursing expertise in cardiology, the pair continues to provide guidance and peace of mind to the attendees of the CHF Support Group.
CHF Support Group
||1st Tuesday of the month
||10:30 a.m. – noon
||Indiana Heart Institute Boardroom
8333 Naab Road, 3rd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46260