McLean, in conjunction with area hospitals, developed a very special Living with Heart Failure Program which utilizes the best practices in the field. The goal of the program is to prevent patients with “tired hearts” from having to go to the hospital.
One measure of how successful the McLean Heart Program has been is that McLean Home Care again this year has the lowest hospital admissions rate of any area VNA. The McLean Home Care hospitalization rate is 30% lower than the state average for home care indicated by the data just released by Medicare.
Heart failure has many causes and can evolve in different ways. It can be a direct result of heart damage from several types of heart or circulation diseases or it can occur over time as the heart tries to compensate for abnormalities such as high blood pressure. Heart failure is diagnosed when there is an ineffective or weaker pumping action of the heart. The weaker pumping action of the heart means that less blood is sent to the kidneys. The kidneys respond by retaining water and salt. This in turn increases edema (fluid buildup) in the body, which causes widespread damage.