Dar Al Fouad Hospital
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Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation

Dar Al Fouad offers various services to patients with cardiovascular disease and those who have a high risk of developing it. Individualized programs are designed to reduce risk factors and prevent disease from getting worse. Our team includes specialists from many areas to offer nutritional services, prescriptive exercise programs, stress testing, cardiovascular disease risk-reduction programs and a peripheral vascular rehabilitation program.

Patients benefit from specialized programs:
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Heart Failure Program

These programs help patients make lifestyle changes and determine the best medical treatment plan to:
Prevent cardiovascular disease/keep disease from getting worse
Reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke
Improve your quality of life by reducing symptoms

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

We also offer an extensive cardiac rehabilitation program for patients who have undergone cardiac procedures; from exercise to diet, our consultant will make sure you learn and practice all that's needed to keep your heart healthy.

Heart Failure Program

Components of the program:

Optimized medical and device management
Modify risks for HF progression by helping in smoking cessation, maintain normal HgA1c if diabetic and maintain healthy body weight.
Supervised exercise training to stable outpatients with chronic HF.
Patients will receive comprehensive HF education with special emphasis on self-care including self-adjustment of diuretic therapy in appropriate patients.
The verbal instruction will be reinforced with a HF patient education book provided to each patient.
Self-care describes the process whereby a patient participates actively in the management of his HF. Self-care includes both maintenance and management. Self-care maintenance refers to healthy life-style choices (e.g., exercising, maintaining a normal body weight) and treatment adherence behaviors (e.g., monitoring weight changes, limiting dietary sodium, taking medications, getting routine immunizations). Self-care management is a cognitive process that includes recognizing signs and symptoms, implementing a self-care treatment strategy (e.g., diuretic administration), and evaluating its effectiveness.
Use of a flexible diuretic regimen with patients being educated how to adjust their diuretic dosing based on daily weight. Patient education also stress on early attention to signs and symptoms of fluid overload and take appropriate action such as increasing the prescribed diuretic dose and contact the healthcare team.
Patients will demonstrate how to read a food label to check sodium amount per serving and sort foods into high- and low-sodium groups.
Develop action plan for how and when to notify the healthcare provider.
Vigilant follow-up after hospital discharge or after periods of instability by regular clinic visits and telephone support
Increased access to healthcare by telephone contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Facilitated access to care during episodes of decomposition
Provision of psychosocial support to patients
We are also planning to provide our patients in the future access to advanced treatment options such as LVAD as destination therapy.

Patients referred to our HF management program will be followed until they demonstrate improved functional capacity and symptom stability. Higher risk patients with more advanced HF may need to be followed permanently. Patients who experience instability after discharge from a program should be referred again to our service.

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