Exercise for adults with congenital heart disease poses many unique challenges. In this presentation from August 12, 2021, Sherrin Gallagher, ACNP, AACC, reviews the importance of exercise and current guidelines for adults with congenital heart disease.
Nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center are specially trained to care for patients with heart conditions and provide them with personalized care that ensures their comfort and safety.
Cardiac Nurses By Your Side
Throughout your treatment at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, cardiac nurses and nurse practitioners will work with you and your physician to provide personalized care during office visits, procedures and hospital stays.
Your nurse will be by your side, monitoring your progress, providing care, alleviating discomfort, explaining treatment options and supporting you through any lifestyle changes that are part of your treatment. We assess our patients every day and determine nursing resources based on individual needs. Based on these daily assessments, we make adjustments to staffing to make sure patients’ and family members’ needs are met throughout their entire hospital stay.
Personalized Nursing Care
Our patients partner with nurses who specialize in caring for patients with all types of heart conditions.
The nurses caring for you will make it a priority to know you and will work to ensure that your care is consistent with your cultural, occupational and lifestyle needs. Our nurses will also work closely with you to inform and involve your family members throughout all stages of care.
Our commitment to your health does not end after treatment. Cardiac nurses offer long-term support and the necessary tools to help you manage your condition. This may include connecting you with rehabilitation and nutrition specialists to help meet nutrition, exercise and smoking cessation goals. Browse our support and wellness programs.
A Team Approach to Cardiac Care
Treating heart disease requires lifelong support from multiple specialists. Our cardiac nurses and nurse practitioners work as part of the team along with physicians, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language specialists and case managers to help guide your care. Our nurse practitioners are highly experienced advanced practice nurses and develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients, working directly with physicians.
All nurses at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center receive advanced cardiac training and education, and many achieve national certifications in critical care, progressive care, cardiac medicine, cardiac surgery and cardiac vascular nursing.
Along the way, you may meet cardiac nurses who specialize in:
- Heart failure and transplant
- Cardiac surgery
- ICD and pacemaker implantation
- Outpatient care and cardiac rehabilitation
Magnet Award-Winning Nurses
Mass General was the first hospital in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status, one of the highest honors for nursing care. The Magnet program recognizes hospitals that exemplify nursing excellence based on five principles, including:
- Transformational leadership
- Structural empowerment
- Exemplary professional practice
- New knowledge, innovations and improvements
- Empirical outcomes
Our nurses aren’t just caregivers. They’re lifelong learners who apply the latest evidence-based cardiac research and technology advances to patient care. They actively participate in educational and research opportunities both locally and nationally, and they bring national nurse leaders to Mass General to review the latest approaches to care.
They also conduct research in areas such as:
- Anxiety reduction for patients preparing for surgery and cardiac procedures
- Family support during cardiac procedures
- Depression screenings to improve cardiac outcomes
- Therapeutic touch to increase patient comfort
- Caring for patients with heart failure
"No one truly enjoys being in the hospital, least of all for ongoing cardiac and vascular problems, but if any hospital stay can be said to be enjoyable, my experiences at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center can certainly be called that. My wife and I have been treated with utmost courtesy and professionalism by everyone involved with our care. There has not been a single sour note in this symphony of patient care."
Patient at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
- Jul | 20 | 2021
In this presentation from July 20, 2021, Dr. Doreen DeFaria Yeh reviews the specific medical issues that develop among children and adults born with a complex congenital heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot.
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