If you are a member age 21 or older who has congestive heart failure, or had a heart attack, stents or bypass surgery, you might like to join the Cardiac Program.

This program helps you understand how to take care of your heart so you can live a healthy life.  This program has specially trained care managers available by phone.  The care managers help you understand what has happened to your heart.  They will teach you about a proper diet, exercise and how to take your medicines.  They will teach you warning signs to look out for.

Here are a few reminders for managing your heart problems:

  • Take your medicine the way your doctor ordered.  If you can’t, call the office and tell them.  Wait to hear from the office before you stop taking your pills.
  • Some heart pills have to be stopped over several days.  Do not just stop taking a pill.  You can have complications if you do.  Follow your doctor’s directions.
  • Make sure you visit your doctor at least twice a year for a checkup.  If you are admitted to the hospital make an appointment to see your doctor within 2 weeks of discharge.
  • Ask your doctor which lab tests you need to control your heart disease.
  • Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke.  Get help to quit smoking by calling the Quit line.

If you would like more information on the Cardiac Program call our Care Management team at 855-412-8004, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.