Heart Failure Service (MACARF Program) is a service with the primary aim of promoting good health and quality of life in patients diagnosed with heart failure, in the Northern Sydney Area.
Heart Failure is a leading cause of admission to hospital among patients over 65 years of age. Since reversible precipitants can often be identified, such as infection, atrial fibrillation, ischaemia and compliance issues, there is the potential to prevent unnecessary admissions.
The service provides a comprehensive heart failure service to patients at Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, and North Shore Private Hospital, and the community. We accept referrals from health professionals in hospital and in the community.
Heart Failure Nurse Specialists see patients at home and in hospital, and communicate with the patients GP. During home visits and/or regular phone calls patients receive:
- Clinical assessment
- Education re recognition and management of heart failure with an Action Plan
- Education regarding diet and lifestyle
- Exercise Program.
The Service can assist in the titration of Ace and Beta-blockers.
There is a Heart Failure Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital.