Heart failure is a progressive disease. Over time, your heart function will decline. Some treatments will keep you healthy and feeling well for a long time. But other health concerns may cause your heart failure to make you sick sooner.
It is best for you and your loved ones to make decisions about your treatment before a medical crisis occurs. These are difficult conversations that need to be revisited as your condition changes and after each hospitalization.
Our specialized UPMC in South Central Pa. Supportive and Palliative Medicine care team will sit down with you and your caregivers to develop an action plan for your future. They will help you with these questions and help you find answers that respect your values and beliefs:
The best plan is to meet with this team early. Your heart failure nurse navigator, heart failure nurse practitioner or your health care doctor can put you in touch with the team. You can make an appointment on your own if your insurance coverage allows.
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Part of UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
360 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
Adult Cardiology: 717-243-6557
Pediatric Cardiology: 717-761-0200
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