Because of many factors, including the aging of the population and improved treatment of hypertension and heart attack, the prevalence of heart failure has become more and more substantial. In fact, heart failure is the most common discharge diagnosis among seniors.
The Heart Failure Clinic (CLIC) at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) was created to provide optimal care and better quality of life for patients with this chronic disease. Individualized meetings are planned with various professionals who specialize in heart failure, such as nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists and cardiologists. The interdisciplinary team is there to:
- Provide you with a treatment plan that is based on the latest medical advances and that meets the highest quality standards.
- Monitor your health condition.
- Provide you with optimal care.
- Adjust your medication based on the most recent scientific knowledge.
- Educate you about heart failure and ways to prevent potential complications.
- Optimize compliance with pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment.
- Decrease the number of visits to emergency and the number of hospitalizations related to heart failure.
This clinic is meant for patients with heart failure who are referred by a cardiologist at the MHI or another institution. An innovative model and truly interdisciplinary, the team has developed high standards of care. These clinic's services are personalized and continually incorporate the latest standards in the care and treatment of heart failure.
Giving patients responsibility over their health and providing them with tools are the best way to prevent decompensation episodes.