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If you have heart failure you are not alone. Over five million Americans are living with heart failure today. In fact, heart failure is the only cardiovascular disease that is rising in incidence. 550,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in patients over 65 years of age.

The good news is that you often CAN manage heart failure symptoms to lead a healthy and active life, and stay out of the hospital.

HEART TO HEART: Living Well with Heart Failure was a successful community education event held at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI. The seminar focused on recent scientific advances in treatment of heart failure and ways to live a fulfilling life with this serious disease.

Dean & St. Mary's Heart Failure Program is directed by a cardiologist and a nurse practitioner specializing in the treatment of heart failure. This innovative outpatient disease management program provides continued, active management for medication, diet and lifestyle, along with regular phone check-ins at home by nursing staff. Remember to:

  • Make sure you know the common symptoms of heart failure.
  • Watch your symptoms - every day - and call your clinician if your symptoms change or get worse.
  • Work with your clinician to create a plan to help you control your symptoms. The four key parts of this plan are:
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication

The best way to prevent heart failure is to practice healthy lifestyle habits. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, starting a doctor-approved exercise program, reducing the amount of salt and fat in your diet, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol will reduce your chances of developing a heart problem.

To learn more about our cardiovascular care programs, visit us on online or call (608) 258-5020.