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.

Tamera Norton Honored with Daisy Award

Posted on: May 17, 2017

Tamera Norton, a registered nurse in the Transitional Care Unit, is the newest recipient of the Daisy Award at Passavant Area Hospital. Passavant partners with the Daisy Foundation to give the award each quarter to a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who consistently demonstrates excellence through clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. A grateful patient nominated Tamera for the honor: “Over the course of my 28 days at Passavant, I became concerned about my progress. I expressed my concern to Tamera. She took note and promised to try and resolve. She made many phone calls until she was able to make an appointment for me. She kept me informed every step of the way and helped arrange for me to leave the unit for the doctor’s appointment. The result of the appointment not only eased my mind, but caused a complete change in my therapy. Tamera cared for my needs unfailingly and always with professional and pleasant attitudes. The rest was way beyond the call of duty.” After receiving the award, Tamera is considering becoming a Daisy ambassador to help spread the word about her experiences. “As a nurse, our common core is to care that much about our patients. I was just trying to provide the good, quality care that our patients want,” Tamera said.

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