Program aims to limit repeat cardiovascular visits

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.

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