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Cardiac Support Center focuses on quality of life

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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a medical condition that affects 4.8 million Americans. More than 400,000 people develop this disease each year.

In the state of Missouri, CHF accounts for more hospital admissions than any other Medicare diagnosis, according to a news release from Cox Health Systems.

Cox has opened the second CHF clinic in the state of Missouri and the only clinic of its type in this area.

The Cardiac Support Center will allow patients with CHF and their physicians to work together to improve the patient's overall quality of life, the release stated.

CHF is a disease with a traditionally high rate of repeated hospitalizations.

However, utilizing a CHF clinic like the Cardiac Support Center gives patients and their physicians a tool to manage this complicated condition, Cox stated.

The Cardiac Support Center team comprises nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, behavioral health specialists and physicians.

The center will focus on four areas central to controlling CHF. These include infusion clinic services, multidisciplinary education, exercise and closely monitored patient follow-ups, Cox stated.

"Congestive heart failure is a medical problem that is much more difficult to treat as it becomes more advanced. We feel that the Cardiac Support Center will allow us to recognize problems at an earlier stage and to treat them in comfort and convenience," said Ferrell-Duncan cardiologist Dr. James Ceaser in the release.

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