Heart failure medications, actions and side effects will be the topic of the April meeting of the Heart
Failure Support Group sponsored by King’s Daughters Medical Center.
The group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the lower level conference room 4 at King’s
Daughters Office Park, 835 Central Ave., Ashland. The guest speaker will be Allison
Delong, a pharmacist with KDMC.
“Patients with heart failure may take multiple medications,” said Amanda Johnson, RN, who facilitates the
group for KDMC’s Cardiology Clinic. “It’s important that patients understand
what their medications do and how to recognize signs that might indicate
changes in medications are required,” Johnson said.
Heart failure is a serious
condition affecting more than 5 million Americans. While there is no known cure
for the disease, the condition can be managed through medication, lifestyle
change, education and support.
King’s Daughters Medical
Center sponsors a monthly support group for those with heart failure and their
“Our goal is to help people
who have been diagnosed with heart failure – and their families – reduce
symptoms and hospitalizations and ultimately, to live better lives,” Johnson
The support group is free
and open to anyone with heart failure and their loved ones. Physician referral
is not required, although RSVPs are requested and may be made by calling (606)
408-6000 or (606) 408-6462. Each meeting includes both a formal presentation
and an opportunity for members to share their experiences and help one another.
Additional meetings and
scheduled topics for 2010 include:
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