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About a year ago, 92-year-old Vera Shiavone of Boardman, began to notice her energy level diminishing.

"During my husband's health, I was taking care of him and I realized there was something wrong with me because couldn't do what I normally could do for him and as each day went on I became more exhausted," said Vera Shiavone of Boardman.

Turns out, she was battling congestive heart failure, or CHF, a condition that occurs when the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's need.  Her cardiologist referred her to the congestive heart failure clinic at St. Elizabeth's Health Center to help get things under control.  

"Our number one goal is to keep the patient from getting re-admitted into the hospital or to keep them from an admission if we can," said St. Elizabeth's CHF Clinic's RN Coordinator, Kimberly Albrecht.

Like most patients who are referred to the CHF clinic, Vera visits once a month to help manage her condition. Nurses check her blood pressure, monitor her heart, check her weight and do lab work.  The staff also educates patients on how to properly manage their medications and their diet.

"I couldn't ask for more.  The only time I don't like it is when they have to poke me, but otherwise everything is fine.  I love it.  I love coming here and I feel safe.  So, I can go home saying, 'I am ok.  I am going to be alright,'"said Shiavone.

St. Joseph's in Warren also has a congestive heart failure clinic.

 

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