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Follow Up Care

Staying well

Whether you came to us experiencing heart attack symptoms, signs of congestive heart failure or other heart condition symptoms, once you're out of the hospital, we want to help you stay well. That's why at NCH you'll be offered a wide range of lifestyle modification programs aimed at helping you take control of your health. These programs will give you valuable guidance on diet, weight control, quitting smoking and stress reduction. You'll also begin a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program soon after you go home.

Atherton Heart Failure Clinic

199 West Rand Road
Mount Prospect

Heart failure is the most common reason for admission to the hospital among older adults. People with heart failure often experience a loss of productivity and quality of life, coupled with fragmented outpatient services, emergency room visits and return trips to the hospital.

Research shows that early physician follow-up (within seven days of discharge) can reduce readmission rates by about 20 percent. Other interventions, such as home-based Telehealth and a phone call following discharge can also reduce the chances of returning to the hospital in a short period of time.

The Atherton Heart Failure Clinic fills a growing need for chronic heart failure disease management in our community. This new outpatient clinic bridges the gap from hospital discharge to home. Patients will be seen within 72 hours of discharge from the hospital and will get the treatment and support they need to manage their health including:

  • Easy appointment setting
  • Ongoing assessment of medical needs
  • Management of multiple medications and dosage adjustments
  • Education and behavior modification for lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise
  • Social workers for all types of challenges
  • Remote monitoring at home for those at higher risk
  • Ongoing communication with primary care physicians

For more information about the clinic, ask your physician or call 847-618-2440.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program

We have one of the largest cardiopulmonary rehab programs in the state, in operation for 15 years. At program sessions, a team of experts including nurses, exercise physiologists and exercise specialists works closely with you to help improve your diet and increase your confidence and fitness levels.

  • Cardiac rehab includes a medical evaluation, supervised exercise, modification of cardiac risk factors, education, counseling and behavior modification.
  • Pulmonary rehab includes supervised exercise, breathing retraining, lifestyle modification counseling and ongoing support.

For more information and to schedule sessions, call Cardiopulmonary Rehab Services at 847.618.7910.

Cardiac Device Clinic

The Cardiac Device Clinic provides follow-up care, both in the clinic and through remote monitoring, to nearly 1,700 implant patients who have pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. It is located in the Cardiac Diagnostics Department on the first floor of the hospital.

It’s important to keep in touch

Whether you've had surgery, a minimally invasive procedure or are taking medication to control your heart blockage symptoms, heart valve symptoms or other heart condition symptoms, it's important to continue to see your doctor and NCH's team of heart experts. They will monitor your progress and make recommendations to ensure your well-being. To meet people who have gone through similar experiences, you might benefit from a support group.

Cardiac support group:

  • Heart Throbs—For people who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and their families. Provides education and support. For more information, call the Pacemaker Clinic at 847.618.7920.

Find out how NCH can help you get the best possible heart care. Find a cardiac specialist now, or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free referral.

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Last Updated 6/17/2014