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Monday Memo
Monday, February 6, 2017
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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but it can often be prevented by identifying risk factors and making healthy lifestyle choices.

HHS "Million Hearts" is a national initiative to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Preventive strategies include patient engagement in cardiovascular screening, diet and lifestyle modification.

Do Your Patients Have?

Shortness of Breath?

Persistent Cough?

Increased Swelling?

According to an article in the January 26, 2017 edition of HealthDay, Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The number of people with heart failure is expected to rise by 46 percent by 2030. That means 8 million people will have heart failure by then.

Reasons for the rising number of Americans with heart failure include an aging population and a growing number of heart attack survivors, who are at increased risk for heart failure.

The number of American adults with heart failure -- in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body -- rose by 800,000 over five years, the American Heart Association (AHA) said in the report released Thursday.

As case managers, what can we do? Activate and engage patients in their healthcare so that they succeed in diet and lifestyle changes, follow-up with providers and consistently have cardiovascular monitoring.

[For more information, see the Athena Forum course Improving Outcomes in Heart Failure.]

Tips from our featured course

Can You Really Induce Behavior Changes?

Case managers (CMs) and other transdisciplinary team members are constantly trying to convince patients to:

Adhere to medical regimens

Stop smoking

Lose weight

Eat more fruits and vegetables

Undertake more exercise

Unfortunately it is frequently extremely difficult to induce changes in behavior. Health professionals struggle to engage individuals in lifestyle change, finding that many patients do not follow advice because each person has an internal set of pros and cons in the choices they make. If case managers can help the patient identify what those pros and cons are they can more likely engage patients in self-managing their conditions.

[Heart Failure, Module E, Patient Engagement]

Patient Engagement - The Mortar of Change

"Patient engagement is the mortar to secure behavioral modification in those patients with chronic illnesses and is particularly crucial with heart failure."

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education
Athena Forum Institute®

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