More than two million Americans have been diagnosed with heart failure, and about 700,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The five-year survival for people with heart failure is approximately 50 percent, but it varies greatly depending on the cause of each individual's heart failure and other factors. When heart failure is evaluated early and patients take good care of themselves, future hospitalizations can often be avoided, and patients can even live active lives.
The Heart Success Program at Morristown Medical Center is a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient management program designed to provide specialized care for patients with advanced heart failure, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension. Our expert team includes cardiologists, advanced nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who evaluate patients and develop a comprehensive plan of care for both the patient and family.
What is Heart Failure?
A normal healthy heart can pump blood to the body to meet even strenuous demands. Circulating blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removes waste products. A weakened heart muscle has difficulty performing this task, which leads to fluid (water) back up in the lungs and other parts of the body such as the feet, ankles, legs, hands and abdomen. Fluid retention then makes pumping even more difficult. The body needs blood constantly pumped through it, carrying oxygen and other nutrients to bones, nerves and organs. When pumping slows down, the rest of the body does not get what it needs to work well and puts even more demands on the already weakened heart.
We Help Patients Help Themselves
Open, ongoing communication with the referring physicians regarding the patient’s progress and eventual discharge from the program is the cornerstone of the Heart Success Program. Patients receive intensive education incorporating techniques for self-care management, telemanagement, access to cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing.
In some cases, a ventricular assist device (VAD) can partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart. Our VAD program has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, demonstrating that it has met stringent standards of care.