Heart Failure Clinic


Heart Failure Clinic.webHeart Failure: Answering Your Questions

What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure means your heart is weak and cannot pump blood as it should. Your body needs your heart to supply oxygen-rich blood to your cells. When your heart does not squeeze or relax properly, blood backs up into your heart and lungs. This pressure forces fluid into your lungs and other places. When this happens, you may have shortness of breath, swelling, fatigue and a feeling of fullness.

Heart failure may seriously limit your activities. You may also feel afraid of your diagnosis. However, there are treatments for heart failure that can help you feel better, stay out of the hospital, improve your quality of life and live longer. That is why it is important for you to understand and follow your treatment plan.

Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic
Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic is a team of healthcare professionals who work together to prevent and treat heart failure. Our program helps patients with heart failure live more comfortably with their disease.

The Heart Failure Clinic teaches patients to know the early signs of heart failure and seek treatment. Ignoring early symptoms and delaying treatment can lead to an emergency situation. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, you can ask your physician to refer you to the program.

How Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic Can Help You
Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic is located at 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville, in the East Building of Passavant Hospital, on the 2nd floor.

Our team is dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with heart failure live more comfortable and productive lives. Patients treated in the Heart Failure Clinic are seen by advanced practice nurses who specialize in heart care. They provide patient and family education, and adjust treatment to manage your heart failure. They will refer you to support services as needed. We stay in contact with patients through telephone and office follow-ups. We then will work with your physician to adjust your treatment plans as your condition changes.

Members of our team will work closely with you to create an individual treatment plan that includes your medicines, diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. This plan is designed to keep you as healthy as possible. We also teach you and your loved ones about the signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure so you can know if you need help or a change to your plan.

You must be an active partner to manage heart failure. The Heart Failure Team will always include you in creating a treatment plan that works best for you.

Cassie Houf-Seagraves is Employee of the Month

Posted on: December 7, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Cassie Houf-Seagraves, a licensed clinical social worker. She works in the Social Services department and has been a Passavant employee four years. A grateful co-worker nominated Cassie for the honor. “We recently had a patient who was defiant and confused and had mental and physical complications. The patient was no longer able to care for herself and had to be sent to a nursing home. Cassie found a nursing home quickly and could have been satisfied with the task being completed. Instead, Cassie continued to work with Case Management to look for nursing homes to make sure all of the patient’s physical, mental health and communication needs were met. Cassie helped make arrangements for the patient’s belongings to get to the nursing home, and even made sure the patient’s cat would receive care. When it was time to go to the nursing home, the patient was upset and confused, refusing to go. Cassie went to the patient for a heart-to-heart conversation. Cassie was able to relieve the patient of her fears and make her feel important and supported.” As a social worker, Cassie’s responsibilities include identifying, addressing and resolving socially complex situations with patients, coordinating care with patient families, providing resources, advocating for patients and community members and providing crisis intervention and supportive counseling. “Passavant works endlessly to continue to improve and offer top notch services in a rural community,” said Cassie. “Employees, patients and community members are beyond fortunate that Passavant is part of a health system that opens leading doors to this area and never ceases to work to improve the health of the people and communities it serves.” Cassie and her husband, Michael, reside in Jacksonville with their son, Landon. The Employee of the Month at Passavant receives eight hours off with pay, an Employee of the Month plaque, a close parking space for one month, gift cards for the Cafeteria and Gift Shop, a movie gift card, pen and pencil set, picnic blanket, flashlight/tool kit, Mason jar cup, umbrella, small cooler, lunch sack, drawstring tote, water bottle, notepad, flashlight key ring, coffee mug, and cup.

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