Heart Failure Program
Heart Failure Program
St. Anthony’s Heart Failure Program
Our program is unique: the only heart failure program in the region
Heart failure is a complex, long-term medical problem that requires a comprehensive and caring approach. You can improve your quality of life and lifespan with the right treatment and attention to your lifestyle.
Heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure) means your heart muscle is not functioning as well as it should. There are two main kinds of heart failure.
If the left ventricle (lower left chamber of the heart) is not contracting with enough force it is called systolic heart failure or weak heart or heart failure with low ejection fraction (EF).
If the ventricles are stiff and do not relax and fill properly it is called diastolic heart failure or stiff heart or heart failure with normal ejection fraction (EF). Ejection fraction is the measurement of blood that is pumped out of your heart with each heartbeat.
Heart failure is the number one reason for hospitalization among patients who receive Medicare benefits. It also is the most common reason patients need to be hospitalized again within 30 days of leaving the hospital after treatment for heart failure.
At St Anthony’s heart failure clinic, our mission is to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of our heart failure patients, through evidence- based medical therapy, education and meticulous follow-up.
- Comprehensive, individualized education on heart failure self-management skills. (In-hospital and outpatient)
- Outpatient follow-up visits
- 24-hour phone hotline for patients and families
- Optimizing evidence-based medical therapy using guidelines and protocol.
Educating patients on their diagnosis is a foundation of heart failure management
Our Heart Failure Clinic will help patients understand and manage their heart failure diagnosis, lowering the possibility of readmission and improve quality of life and life expectancy.
The clinic provides ongoing education on heart failure medications, low sodium diet, lifestyle changes , self-care, family and caregiver tips, exercising with heart failure, recognition of symptoms of worsening heart failure and when to seek medical attention.
Please use below Web link to learn more about heart failure:http://heart.org/myhfguide
St. Anthony's Heart Failure Program
10004 Kennerly Road, Medical Office Building A, Suite 115A, St. Louis, MO 63128
Office and 24/7 hotline: 314-525-1538
The Joint Commission - Gold Seal of Approval
St. Anthony's has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. St. Anthony’s is the first facility in the St. Louis region to earn this symbol of quality.
Joint Commission experts provided a rigorous on-site review, evaluating compliance with disease-specific care standards as well as with heart failure-specific requirements. The certification recognizes heart failure programs that include either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic or have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
St. Anthony's is proud to be awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. St. Anthony’s earned the award by achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for two consecutive calendar years. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to heart failure quality measures during the 12-month period.