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Heart Wellness

Heart Wellness ProgramTeaching you self-management skills and strategies to help you live with heart failure is the focus of Concord Hospital's Heart Wellness Program. The program's comprehensive approach addresses your needs during and after hospitalization.


  • Evaluation and consultation during hospitalization
  • Individualized patient education during hospitalization including: medications, diet, managing symptoms, and exercise
  • Routine telephone calls to patients by registered nurses following discharge
  • Intervention and follow-up if symptoms worsen
  • Education and support programs
  • Quarterly newsletter

What is Heart Failure?

When you have heart failure your heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as your body needs. Your body has an amazing ability to make up for heart failure. But at some point, your heart and body will no longer be able to keep up. Then fluid starts to build up in your body and you have symptoms like feeling weak and out of breath.

Expert Team Focused on You

Helping you recognize symptoms and seek treatment quickly to improve long-term quality of life and avoid a hospital readmission, as well as ensuring you receive appropriate medications based on national guidelines is the focus of our team's work — a team made up of nurses with specialized education in heart failure management, dietitians, physical therapists, and social workers.

Education and Support

The Heart Wellness Education Program, facilitated by a heart wellness nurse, is an opportunity for you to meet other people living with heart failure, discuss experiences and offer support. A different guest speaker and topic is featured each month. Topics range from nutrition and exercise, to medications and the latest congestive heart failure therapies.

The SMART Heart Program concentrates on educating you about low-sodium options for the foods you love to eat and provides a cookbook of low-sodium recipes. It teaches you how following a low-sodium diet can help you avoid the fluid build up (congestion) that occurs when your heart is not pumping as well as it should.

Heart Wellness Program Participant


"I was sent to Concord Hospital for a routine test, or so I thought. I was told I had congestive heart failure. Shocked and scared, I called my family to be by my side, not knowing you can live with this condition. Almost immediately, someone from the Heart Wellness Program was by my side. They gave me the information and answered all of my questions. But most importantly, they had compassion." ~ Anita Bousquet, Heart Wellness participant

SMART Heart Program

SMART Heart Program

SMART Heart is another way we are working to keep community members with congestive heart failure healthy.

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