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Rush Copley Heart Failure Program

Heart failure happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in your body.  About 5.1 million people in the United States have heart failure.  Early diagnosis and treatment can improve quality and length of life for people who have heart failure.

Nationally Accredited Heart Failure Program

Rush Copley's Heart Failure Disease Management team understands heart failure and heart failure treatment.  The program provides comprehensive care to help you manage your heart failure condition and control symptoms.  Services are provided in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, in the hospital or at home.

Rush Copley Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Congestive Heart Failure program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.  The certification award recognizes Rush Copley’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The program offers:

  • A team of healthcare providers experienced and focused on heart failure diagnosis and treatment
  • ongoing assessments of your current condition, even when you feel fine, to make sure your treatment and medication plan are right for you and according to national treatment guidelines
  • a chance to improve and maintain your optimum quality of life
  • help in making and following lifestyle changes to manage your condition and decrease your need for hospitalization or emergency care
  • help in arranging palliative nursing care and home care as well as nutrition, pharmacy or social worker support when needed.

Get With The Guidelines Bronze Performance Award

Rush Copley has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Bronze quality achievement award.  Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines Bronze Performance Award have demonstrated a commitment to treating atrial fibrillation patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months.


Program components include:

  • Complete cardiac assessment from physicians and health care professional certified in heart failure
  • Evidence based protocols for the best and most effective treatment of heart failure
  • A dedicated Heart Failure Coordinator that will support the coordination of your care and  provide you with recommendations, strategies and education on managing your health
  • Current educational resources to help you identifying the signs that determine when to visit your physician or seek emergency care; managing your medications; reducing salt intake; dealing with stress and depression; managing your weight to prevent congestion and swelling; and information about routine tests and treatments.
  • Routine follow-up support calls in between doctor visits
  • Access to Nutrition Services, Social Workers and Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Access to Heart Failure Home Care, Palliative Care or Research program.

Introducing Rush Copley’s Heart Failure Clinic

Outside of the hospital, Rush Copley's Congestive Heart Failure Clinic provides heart failure patients with comprehensive risk assessments, educational opportunities and self-management tools to help maximize a patient's quality of life.

The program is supervised by board certified cardiologists and led by a certified heart failure nurse. 

Patients enjoy the following benefits:

  • Evaluation and management
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Reinforcement of the medication and treatment plans

The Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic is located at the Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Suite 160, Aurora, IL 60504.

To schedule or request an appointment, please call 630-851-6440.

Brave Hearts: A Heart Failure Education and Support Group

Brave Hearts, a heart failure education and support group at Rush Copley, helps patients and families learn about treatments, nutrition, medications and lifestyle changes to manage their symptoms.

The group also provides an opportunity to share experiences with those who have heart failure. Meetings include education topics; break-out sessions with a pharmacist, dietitian, physical therapist and a heart failure nurse; refreshments and a bingo game with prizes.

Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora

Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

February 15 – Low-Salt Ways to Add Flavor
May 24 – Know Your Medications
August 16 – Tools and Tips for Living with Heart Failure
November 8 – Financial and Legal Aspects of Heart Failure

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