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Heart failure recovery is possible. At the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Myocardial Recovery Program, the team of heart failure cardiologists, advanced practice providers and nurse educators are restoring hearts to effective functioning. Fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling and other symptoms no longer slow down recovered heart failure patients.
Enlargement or thickening of the heart muscle — a frequent cause of heart failure — can be reversed by gradually introducing appropriate medication, regular monitoring, cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.
With months of treatment your heart can return to its normal function — full heart failure recovery, or myocardial recovery.
You may be eligible for the Myocardial Recovery Program if you meet key criteria for heart failure: The left ventricle is pumping only 40% or less of blood from the chamber and you have been taking heart-failure medication for less than three months. La recuperación se logra cuando el corazón puede bombear el 50% o más de la sangre del ventrículo izquierdo. Normally the heart pumps 55% of blood or more.
The myocardium is the heart muscle itself. Like any muscle, it can get larger, stiffen, loosen, weaken and change shape. Unlike any muscle, these changes can affect your overall health.
The heart failure cardiologists at the Myocardial Recovery Program, part of the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program, have developed a regimen of medication and close monitoring that allows the heart muscle to return to its normal shape and flexibility.
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More than half our patients whose heart failure wasn’t caused by heart attack or significant blockage of a coronary artery are cured if treatment starts soon enough after symptoms appear. The national average for these cases is 10%
Restoring efficiency to your heart and recovering from heart failure may take several months of medication and close monitoring with remote sensors and office visits. If medication isn’t bringing about recovery and your heart failure progresses, we will talk about advanced heart failure therapies that may provide additional options.
The first step toward myocardial recovery is cardiac testing. These tests will help your care team understand the condition of your heart muscle so that a customized treatment plan can be created.
Several medications will be used to assist the heart as its function improves. You also will have frequent follow-up appointments during the recovery process. Typically, you will visit weekly for four weeks, then every two weeks for two months, then monthly depending on your progress.
You also may be called by a member of our nursing staff with dosage and medication adjustments.
Our team will work closely with to maximize your results and progress by modifying your treatment plan.
Many of the medications your heart failure cardiologist will prescribe will need to be taken for an extended period of time, with frequent dosage adjustments.
Our goal is to maximize the medication doses you can tolerate. Higher doses of medications can improve results, so we’ll try to have you on the strongest dose you can tolerate. We’ll increase dosages gradually to avoid dizziness and other side effects of your heart rate or blood pressure dropping too quickly.
An MRI or echocardiogram will be performed at three months after your diagnosis to evaluate your heart function. Testing will continue every three months for one year to monitor your progress.
Recovery is different for everyone, but generally we see results in as soon as two months and as long as nine months, with the average being three to six months.
You may be able to return to work, depending on your job. Together with your health care team, we can help you determine when to return to work.
If your heart continues to remain weak after three to six months, we will continue to adjust and increase medications to achieve the greatest benefit for your heart. If you continue to not feel well, we will talk about advanced heart failure therapies that may provide additional options.
Typically during the recovery process, we will adjust medication doses at every visit. If you are not seen every week, we may call you on the phone to increase your medications if you are feeling well.
Your heart will continue to improve after recovery with continued medication. Regardless of the cause, heart failure is a lifelong condition that is best managed by supportive medical therapy. Evidence shows that when the patient can tolerate a target dose of the right combination of medications, the best possible outcome is achieved. Each of your medications provides a specific type of support for a weakened heart muscle.
Studies show that if your heart recovers and you stop taking your medication, your heart may become weaker in as soon as six weeks. Our plan will be to continue the medications as long as your body is responsive and you experience limited side effects.
If you cannot afford your medicine, we may be able to assist you. Please notify our social worker if you need assistance.
During your recovery, your activity will be limited by how you feel. If you take part in certain activities that you have concerns about, please discuss them with your health care team.
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