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Heart Failure ProgramJohn R. Burg MD Cardiac Center
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801 N. 29th St.
4th Floor
Billings, MT 59101

The Heart Failure Program is a comprehensive program providing education and assistance in managing heart failure. Heart failure is a major health problem that affects over 5 million Americans. More than 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

Although there is no cure for heart failure, there are many things you can do to relieve your symptoms. It has been shown that those who participate in a structured heart failure program have fewer complications and hospitalizations. Together with your health care team, you can make your heart's job easier and help yourself feel better.

The goals of the Heart Failure Program are to:
  1. Improve the patient's physical and emotional well-being
  2. Decrease the hospital admissions and financial costs for patients
  3. Help patients become active partners in their heart failure treatment
The Heart Failure Program provides:
  • Comprehensive education and counseling individualized to the patients' needs
  • Promotion of self care
  • Vigilant follow-up after hospitalization discharge or after periods of instability
  • Optimization of medical therapy
  • Increased access to providers
  • Early attention to signs and symptoms of fluid overload
  • Assistance with social and financial concerns
  • Easy access to the heart failure team and quick response to patient questions, concerns, needs
  • Assistance with prescribing and monitoring the best medicines and therapies for heart failure treatment
  • Medically supervised exercise therapy
  • Collaboration with electrophysiologist to manage irregular heart beats
  • Collaboration with electrophysiologist to utilize pacemaker and ICD (internal defibulator) technology to provide cardiac resynchronization which may be used in some patients to treat symptoms of heart failure
Tel-Assurance™ Patient Support Program

This is a daily call-in program to help you and your heart failure team monitor your symptoms. All that's needed to participate is a touch-tone phone and a few minutes of time every day. Participants call in daily between 4 am and noon and answer five questions. This information is provided to the heart failure care team members so that they can follow the progress of care and better manage each patient's heart failure. Talk to the team members to determine if this program is appropriate for you.

Heart Failure Program participants will learn how to successfully manage their heart failure through:

  • Understanding the causes and symptoms of heart failure
  • Knowing when to call your doctor or heart failure team member
  • Understanding medications
  • Lifestyle Changes - lower sodium diet ("shaking the salt habit"), shopping smart, dining out do's and don'ts, fluid guidelines, physical activities, smoking cessation, limit or avoid alcohol

Heart Failure Program participants have a team of health care professionals involved in their care. They include:

  • Physicians (Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Family Practice)
  • Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Cardiovascular Nurses
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Pharmacists
  • Dieticians
  • Social Workers
  • Chest Pain Center Accreditation
  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories
  • ANCC Magnet Organization
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