Heart failure is a serious condition where the heart is not strong enough to pump enough blood throughout the body. It does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop.
The weakening of the heart's pumping ability causes:
Blood and fluid to back up into the lungs
The buildup of fluid in the feet, ankles and legs called edema
Tiredness and shortness of breath
Carolina Collaborative Community Care, Inc. (4C) provides a self-management program for patients who have been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. 4C Care Managers who specialize in heart failure provide support for patients and health education for their disease, which includes a heart failure education notebook.
The 4C Telemonitoring program is designed to measure a patient’s blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and oxygen saturation from the comfort of their home. There are a series of programmable disease-related questions which help to provide a complete picture of an individual’s health. The program allows care managers to set-up a machine in the patient’s home through the phone line. It automatically prompts in-home users when it is time to take vital signs and the data is transmitted, via telephone, to the 4C office. Once received, the data can be used to populate a trend report in order to provide the patient’s primary care physician with a clear history of the patient’s vital signs. This form of monitoring provides opportunities to assist patients in achieving goals geared towards increasing their independence in the management of their disease.
Furthermore, medical providers can benefit from the 4C heart failure initiative through medication reconciliation reports that may identify deficiencies in medications and compliance. Equally important, medical providers can request home visit reports to obtain additional insight on a patient’s individual disease process. Our overall goal is to improve the continuity of care the patients receive.
Did You Know?
About 5 million people in the U.S. have heart failure.
The leading causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Heart Failure contributes to 300,000 deaths each year.
Treatment may include medication, heart transplantation, or treating the underlying cause of your heart failure.