1. Keeping up with Heart Failure

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    While other aspects of heart disease are decreasing, heart failure is on the rise. Many experts are calling it an epidemic because it poses a massive a burden on the healthcare system. “Readmission for heart failure nationally run 25 to 30% within 30 days,” says Dr. Richard Chazal, who is a cardiologist with Lee Memorial Health System. Locally, figures are much lower. Lee Memorial Health System is addressing the issue by addressing the cause. The term heart failure doesn’t mean the heart has stopped working, but that it is not pumping well enough to meet the body’s needs. “The term failure in this case, means the failure of the heart to accommodate the normal blood volume and thus fluid volume in the body,” says Dr. Chazal. A progressive condition, people with severe heart failure require constant monitoring. If too much fluid builds up, it generally leads to hospitalization. Taking steps to self-manage and getting patients into cardiac rehab can make a difference. “There are numerous studies that show how effective cardiac rehab is in heart failure. We do a lot of work with patients regarding their diet and the risk factors for heart disease - smoking cessation, weight loss. They’re exercising three days a week,” says Marion Harris-Barter, who is a registered nurse with Lee Memorial Health System. It is proving to be a winning strategy. “We actually have things called core-measures that are proven to reduce the likelihood of recurrent congestive heart failure and we bring all our resources to bear on patients to try and make sure they’re on the right medication, but they also have the right support system,” says Dr. Chazal. The goal is to keep hearts going, while closing the revolving door to hospitalization. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • Medication tips from a state pharmacist

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      Be sure to ask any questions you might have about your medicines. This includes asking about side effects, and for a lower cost alternative if you can't afford the first drug you're prescribed. - State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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