Heart Failure Support to Help You Stay Active
Centegra’s Heart Failure Center offers support and continuing education, in tandem with a physician treatment plan, for individuals with chronic conditions. Our progressive care helps people achieve an active, satisfying life by managing the symptoms of heart failure. We educate you about the disease and how it can be controlled. Our primary objectives are to:
- Reduce the number of unnecessary visits to the emergency room
- Prevent hospitalizations
- Help you live a full and productive life
The Centegra Heart Failure Center in McHenry is a recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an indication of Centegra’s commitment to the highest quality of patient care.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure is a chronic disease in which the heart’s ability to receive and/or pump blood is so impaired that the heart can no longer meet the body’s needs. This results in a multitude of symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic cough
- Swelling in legs or abdomen
- Congestion of the lungs
- Increased fatigue
Heart failure currently affects 5 million Americans, with more than 500,000 new cases diagnosed each year. It is the most common cause of hospitalization in people over the age of 65. Typically, heart failure is caused by a number of heart conditions, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve problems, systemic diseases, or congenital heart disease.
Take Charge of Your Heart Health
Medical studies have shown that patients with heart failure can enjoy active, satisfying lives by following guidelines designed to help make their hearts work as efficiently as possible. Improve your quality of life with help from the Centegra Heart Failure Center by being actively involved in your own care.
As a Heart Failure Center participant, you will be advised to:
- Weigh yourself and record daily weights
- Follow a low-sodium diet
- Limit your fluid intake
- Take your medications as prescribed, on a regular schedule
- Employ healthy lifestyle habits (stop smoking, limit or avoid alcohol, eat a heart-healthy diet)
- Learn to recognize increasing signs and symptoms of heart failure and immediately report them to your healthcare provider
- Participate in any diagnostic testing as required
- Cooperate in the management of your condition, which promotes self-care
Heart Failure Center Services
The Centegra Heart Failure Center offers services to patients at both Centegra Hospital-Woodstock and Centegra Hospital-McHenry. Comprehensive services include:
- Individual education and support
- Evidence-based treatments
- Symptom management
- Coordination of support services, including:
- Assistance with risk factor modification:
- Quitting smoking
- Lowering high cholesterol
- Managing weight
- Reducing stress
- Telephone assistance
- Providing an intermediary care site between the physician’s office and the acute care institution
Schedule an Appointment at the Centegra Heart Failure Center
If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, this program may be beneficial to you. All Heart Failure Center participants must have a physician on the medical staff at Centegra to qualify for the program. This physician may be your primary care provider, cardiologist, or internist.
We encourage patients to have a loved one accompany them to their Heart Failure Center visits for support and to help in the education process. Loved ones are welcome to attend each visit. To schedule an appointment with the Heart Failure Center in McHenry or Woodstock, call (815) 759-4411.
Centegra Health System offers Patient Express as a special service to people who need transportation to the Centegra Heart Failure Center (as well as to other Centegra Health System facilities for inpatient or outpatient care).
Call (815) 759-3456 at least 24 hours in advance to make a reservation for our Patient Express service. Patient Express hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.