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Healthy Lives Program at Community Medical Center

Heart Failure Intervention

Healthy Lives Program at Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ

About Healthy Lives Program

The Healthy Lives program is the newest addition to a spectrum of cardiac services available at Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. This unique approach to heart failure care is designed to improve quality of life for those living with heart failure.

The Challenge of Heart Failure

Managing heart failure is difficult. It requires proper diet, symptom monitoring and adherence to a daily medication regimen. There’s a lot to know, and your health is at stake. Healthy Lives at Community Medical Center is designed to help patients and their families understand what’s needed to help them live their best life.

Programs like Healthy Lives at Community Medical Center support proper monitoring and lifestyle choices to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

Where to Begin

Participation in Healthy Lives may begin during an inpatient stay at Community Medical Center or your physician may refer you to the program as an outpatient. From symptom monitoring and management to lifestyle education, a multidisciplinary team of experts guides you towards living a healthy life.

Your Healthy Lives team includes:

  • Cardiologists
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Cardiology Nurses
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Care Coordination Team
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Social Workers and Case Managers

Important Components of the Healthy Lives Program Include:

  • Education and support for patients and caregivers
  • Help for patients to manage their symptoms
  • Assistance managing risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure and diet
  • Guidance for patients and caregivers to ensure medication compliance
  • Access to clinical research trials
  • Collaboration with social services, clinical nutrition, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and ancillary testing such as lab work, pulmonary and noninvasive cardiology and radiology

Benefits of Participation in Healthy Lives:

  • Reduced visits to the Emergency Department
  • Prevention of hospitalization
  • Increased patient activity level and quality of life

Let’s Work Together

You and your loved ones are invited to take an active role in your cardiac care. As a member of Healthy Lives, you will benefit from the expertise of your support team and consistent follow-up with cardiac professionals. The knowledge you gain will assist you in making daily choices that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Your Healthy Lives team works with you to create an individual plan that helps you reach your personal health goals and make your life better.

What’s more, the team collaborates closely with your medical providers for the most comprehensive care on your journey managing chronic conditions while achieving quality of life.

Start Today

For more information about Healthy Lives at Community Medical Center, call 732-557-2812.

Healthy Lives at Community Medical Center — making daily choices that promote a healthy lifestyle

Healthy Lives Program at Community Medical Center, Toms River, New Jersey

Heart Failure Management Checklist

  • Weigh yourself every morning before breakfast and maintain a weight log.
  • Eat a low salt/sodium diet.
  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • Maintain your schedule of follow-up appointments.
  • Balance activity and rest periods.
  • Check for swelling in your feet, ankles, legs and stomach daily.

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