Heart & Vascular Specialized training for pediatric CICU nurse practitioners

Specialized training for pediatric CICU nurse practitioners

By Misty D. Ellis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC Nurse practitioners in the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit are trained and certified in pediatric acute care. They are dedicated to caring for and managing critically ill pediatric heart patients. This specialized training is now the gold standard for children’s hospitals. By adopting this standard, Norton Children’s …

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Heart & Vascular Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program grows in 1st year

Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program grows in 1st year

From Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program Physicians and surgeons throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana are partnering through the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program to focus on coordinated care, innovative technology, early intervention — and recovery — for …

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Heart & Vascular Bariatric surgery can alleviate heart conditions

Bariatric surgery can alleviate heart conditions

Lori Lively’s gradual seven-year weight gain after an automobile accident raised her blood pressure, elevated her blood sugar level to diabetic range and worsened an existing heart condition. After the wreck and later, a hysterectomy, Lori’s formerly active lifestyle slowed, and her food choices started affecting her weight. On her petite, 5-foot frame, even a …

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Heart & Vascular What a heart failure patient really looks like

What a heart failure patient really looks like

By Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program The stereotype of the heart failure patient often does not match the reality, which frequently leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment. If you look at epidemiological data, you’d think the heart failure patient is a white male, …

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Heart & Vascular Shared care means getting the right heart failure care close to home

Shared care means getting the right heart failure care close to home

Lynnwood Butler first noticed issues with his heart on Derby Day in 2013, when hypotension resulted in syncope. Two years later, the Louisville native had a heart attack at the end of his shift waiting on tables. He received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). In 2016 and again in 2018, Lynnwood’s ICD was triggered. “It’s …

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Heart & Vascular LaGrange man’s journey from heart failure to heart recovery

LaGrange man’s journey from heart failure to heart recovery

By Kelly C. McCants, M.D., medical director, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program The day Keith Drury’s heart stopped, the last thing he remembers is driving to a job site near the Kentucky River. He doesn’t remember going into cardiac arrest, the CPR or the emergency helicopter flight to Norton …

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Heart & Vascular Monitoring heart failure patients remotely, in real time

Monitoring heart failure patients remotely, in real time

By Dana Newhouse, APRN, CHFN Innovative technology allows providers with the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program to see changes in patients’ conditions in real time, adjust their medications and diet as needed, and schedule clinical visits when necessary. We’re using technology to help patients’ hearts recover so they will …

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Heart & Vascular When to refer a patient for heart failure care

When to refer a patient for heart failure care

We encourage you to refer your patients early to the Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program. When referred early enough, patients potentially can recover from heart failure with medical therapy. Consider referring your patients to the program if they: Experience persistent heart failure symptoms Have a new diagnosis of heart failure Have been hospitalized multiple …

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Heart & Vascular Heart failure recovery means taking care of the whole patient

Heart failure recovery means taking care of the whole patient

By Susan Hutcherson, R.N., BSN As a nurse navigator with the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program, I know it truly takes a village to take care of a patient with heart failure. Our program offers a multidisciplinary approach to give patients the best chance for their highest quality of …

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Heart & Vascular Major gift and expansion for Norton Healthcare heart services

Major gift and expansion for Norton Healthcare heart services

Today Norton Healthcare held a celebration to honor the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute team. During the event, local businessman G. Hunt Rounsavall, a long-standing member of the Norton Healthcare board of trustees and major donor to the health system, announced a $1.5 million gift to the Norton Healthcare Foundation from the Robert W. Rounsavall …

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