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The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program is revolutionizing heart failure treatment for patients in Kentucky, Louisville and Southern Indiana. The program helps patients recover heart function and recover their lives. We use leading-edge technology to help recovery with as few nights in the hospital as possible.
Heart failure progresses through four stages. The specialists at the Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program have the experience and the expertise to slow the progress of your disease and sometimes help hearts regain strength. For most people, heart failure treatment requires a balance of the right medications, a low-sodium diet and fluid restrictions that can help ease symptoms.
Your heart failure treatment will continue for the rest of your life — a longer-term prospect than in the past. Medication, close monitoring and a healthy diet and regular exercise routine can manage the disease. The earlier you start treatment, the better your chance of controlling symptoms, preventing further damage to your heart and regaining heart function.
Your treatment starts with a precise diagnosis to determine how well your heart is pumping blood through your body. Blood tests, stress tests, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a coronary angiogram are some of the tests our specialists will use to determine the severity, cause and effects of your heart failure.
Rebuilding your heart muscle may be an option through the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Myocardial Recovery Program using evidence-based medication choices, close remote monitoring and a holistic approach to lifestyle modification to promote the best possible environment for heart recovery.
Severe cases of heart failure may require surgical repair and mechanical circulatory support — a pump that helps your heart move oxygen-rich blood out to your body. A surgically implanted ventricular assist device can provide long-term relief or serve as a short-term solution while you wait for a heart transplant.
Your heart will work to recover. Part of our job is to give your heart room to heal by preventing additional damage. We use a number of remote monitoring technologies to alert your cardiologist of any changes in your heart’s function that can further weaken it.
Heart failure can be treated with a combination of medications. Common heart failure medications include:
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.
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.
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