Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is home to one of the best teams of cardiologists, nurses, technologists and other support staff that you will find anywhere. World-class clinical expertise is combined with extraordinary technology to provide award-winning care to patients in need. Cardiology services include:
Patients in the rehabilitation programs at the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital are taught to achieve an optimal level of independence and physical capabilities, which in turn improves their quality of life.
All activities are monitored by a member of the rehabilitation team who provides progress reports to the patient’s primary physician.
Participants must be referred by their personal local physician to enroll in either the Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.
The EKG-monitored physical conditioning program for heart patients usually begins a few weeks following hospital discharge from heart surgery.
Because the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation department is part of the hospital, it provides a lower cost program in a safe environment where hospital resources are readily available. Many health insurance plans will reimburse patients for services. Medicare generally covers 80 percent of the cost.
While there is not yet a cure for heart failure – when the heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs – managing the symptoms of this common problem, which affects more than 5.8 million Americans, is possible. Many people can enjoy an active lifestyle with gusto, once educated about the disease and how it can affect diet, fluid intake, sleep and routine activity.
Led by Pat Draper, ARNP, the Heart Failure Management Clinic opened in 2012. The clinic oversees patient education concerning disease process, medications and diet. Patients receive a personalized plan of care that includes education, coping skills, help with lifestyle issues such as smoking cessation, assistance in medication compliance – such as filling pillboxes and ensuring medication refills – and dietary consultations, as needed. Since weight gain is a key indicator of fluid retention, much attention is given to keeping a record of weight and contacting the clinic if there is a weight gain of two or more pounds overnight or five pounds over a week’s time.
Physician referral is requested. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The nurse practitioner is available during clinic hours. After 5 p.m., please call your cardiologist’s office for serious clinical issues that require urgent attention. For a brochure or more information, call the Heart Failure Management Clinic at 772.563.4415.