Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program
Multi-disciplinary cardiac care
With over 5 million people diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF), it is the most common reason for hospitalization and touches the lives of many of us. CHF is a condition where the heart gradually loses its ability to pump blood. Often times, the cause of heart failure is unclear and there is no known cure.
The good news is that with prompt and appropriate treatment, many CHF patients can lead healthier lives and avoid the pattern of constant visits to the emergency room.
Maimonides Medical Center, continually listed among the top 1% of facilities in the country for cardiac care, has taken aim at CHF by developing a streamlined approach to promote consistent management and better outcomes for our patients. The Maimonides CHF team works closely with referring physicians and pays special attention to every detail to make sure your experience is comfortable.
Comprehensive Cardiac Services for patients with CHF
Our CHF team consists of a physician director, nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses. Our team assesses your cardiac needs and individualizes a plan of care based on those needs. Maimonides offers the latest in CHF treatment modalities and strategies, including, but not limited to, coronary artery revascularization procedures, defibrillator implantation (AICD), biventricular pacemaker implantation and current effective use of medication.
Our Joint Commission-accredited Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program is also available for patients who may be suffering from advanced heart failure and who are not eligible for a heart transplant.
Heart failure affects not only you, but also your family. The CHF team is dedicated to providing comprehensive education to assist you in understanding how to manage your CHF at home.
Our Mended Heart Group, a monthly support group for cardiac patients and families, meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month to discuss topics such as medication management, special diets and fluid restrictions, exercise and more. Call (718) 283-7315 for more information on our heart failure program and support group.