Program aims to limit repeat cardiovascular visits

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Nearly one in four patients hospitalized with a heart attack or heart failure end up back in a hospital bed within a month. Now, IU Health is working to help keep people from making return trips.

The American College of Cardiology has chosen 11 hospitals, including IU Health Methodist Hospital, to participate in a pilot program designed to reduce these bounce backs.

They’re hoping to help cardiology patients avoid readmission due to different stresses and misunderstandings. Each hospital will try different approaches to see what works.

“It is a process we want to develop to assist patients after they’re discharged from the hospital in getting their resources, knowing what to do with their medications, knowing what to do with their diets, look for community resources and support systems,” said IU Health Cardiologist Irmina Gradus-Pizlo.

IU Health says heart disease is the number one diagnosis that leads to hospital re-admissions in the United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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