Myocardial Recovery Program

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Can Heart Failure Be Reversed?

Enlargement or thickening of the heart muscle — a frequent cause of heart failure known as cardiomyopathy — can be reversed by gradually introducing appropriate medication, regular monitoring, cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.

Full heart failure recovery, or myocardial recovery, can take months to restore your heart’s normal function.

You may be eligible for the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Myocardial Recovery Program if you meet a key criteria for heart failure — the left ventricle is pumping only 40% or less of blood from the chamber — and you have been taking heart-failure medication for less than three months. Recovery is achieved when your heart can pump 50% or more of the blood from the left ventricle.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Myocardial Recovery Program Features

  • Evidence-based treatments and procedures designed to achieve heart failure recovery
  • Remote monitoring with state of the art technology to keep track of your heart’s function with fewer office visits
  • A multidisciplinary team of heart failure cardiologists, advanced practice providers and nurse educators to bring a range of viewpoints and expertise to every case
  • One-on-one support from a social worker, nurse educator, dietitian and cardiac rehabilitation providers to help you make changes to diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices to help your heart recover

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Every year, more than 137,000 people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists for their heart and vascular care. That’s more than any other health care provider.

  • Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville all have received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This is the seventh consecutive accreditation for all four hospitals, which ensures quality for the treatment of heart attack.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital all are recognized as having ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI accreditation.
  • Norton Healthcare has the most facilities across the city of Louisville with the ability treat a life-threatening heart attack.
  • You have access to more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers with specialized training and experience in a comprehensive range of conditions and treatments.
  • Patients can make appointments at 28 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 sites in the region.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, a key location for Norton Heart & Vascular Institute services, has been recognized with a HeartCare Center National Distinction of Excellence year after year by the American College of Cardiology. This is the only hospital in Louisville to be recognized for this distinction.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranked Norton Healthcare adult-service Louisville hospitals high performing in heart attack and heart failure 2022-23.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital earned ventricular assist device (VAD) accreditation from DNV – Healthcare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • Communicate with your health care provider, renew prescriptions, get lab results and more through your free Norton MyChart account.

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