HealthWatch: Heart Failure Clinic

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There are nearly 6-million Americans currently living with heart failure, according to the CDC. About half of the people who develop it– die within 5 years of diagnosis.
    
But taking care of your heart – and other health problems could prolong their life.
    
Glen fox admits he didn’t take care of himself like he should have and had his first heart attack in 1990 when he was only 32-years-old, “After the heart attack they told me ‘OK but they then just sent you home nobody tell you nothing,” said Glen Fox, congestive heart failure patient.

Glen says he didn’t learn what was wrong with him until he moved to Green Bay 8 years later.  That is when he had another heart attack and was rushed to Aurora BayCare Medical Center emergency room and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, “They was (sic) telling me about my heart, you know, it was getting weak,” said Glen.

Glen had a defibrillator inserted– but his heart was still not functioning properly, “Then I prayed, God heard my prayer he sent me an angel her name is Annie,”

Annie Campbell is a registered nurse and is part of the team at Aurora BayCare’s Comprehensive Heart Failure Clinic, “We have a nurse practitioner, a cardiologist and myself,” said Annie Campbell, RN, Aurora BayCare Comprehensive Heart Failure Clinic.

 Annie helped educate Glen about his heart failure, “I think that is very important to make these patients understand what their disease is what they could happen to them, what’s happening now and why the symptoms are developing,” explained Campbell.

The clinic provides patients with an ongoing support system – including regular phone calls, “Talk to me, let me know what I need to do, give me my right medications,” explained Glen.

The clinic helps patients make life-style changes to help control their disease, “Like weight loss, diet changes, we add different medications to help your symptoms,” said Campbell.

Some patients require device therapy or surgical interventions- like Glenn.  He had a CardioMEMS HF system implanted which monitors his heart failure, “The  cardioMEMS Heart Failure System is the first FDA approved pulmonary artery pressure sensor that we can use on patients on an out patient basis,” said Campbell.

The tiny device is implanted in the artery. Annie and the team stay in close contact with Glen, “After patients go home they can send us readings wirelessly to a secure website that we look at and we are able to see what their pulmonary artery  pressures are every day,” said Campbell.

And based on the readings they can make changes to his care. Since being on the device Glen’s heart has improved and he has not had a hospitalization, “The way I was going I was killing myself, I wouldn’t have lived I believe if god hadn’t put Annie in my life,” said Glen.

Annie says the cardioMEMS HF system reduced heart failure hospitalizations by 37-percent.

Over 5-thousand have been implanted in patients since the middle of 2017, 300 in Wisconsin.

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 

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