Heart failure disease management involves a variety of healthcare professionals each having a role in successful patient management. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Guidelines address heart failure management as a disease that affects patient well-being in all aspects of their life recognizing that a multidisciplinary approach is required to address the range of medical, social and behavioral implications of the disease.
Disease management programs can reduce the frequency of hospitalization and improve both quality of life and functional status. Patient monitoring using Shape-HF as part of a disease management program can help physicians in assessing patient status and decision-making related to disease therapy.
Given the complexity associated with heart failure disease management (as shown in diagram below) input and support from a variety of healthcare professionals requires clear communication and flow of information. The Shape-HF provides an objective basis for defining patient functional status, progress on therapy, and functional consequence of symptoms required for consistent treatment across the spectrum of care—within the clinic, between clinics, and across medical disciplines.
The Shape-HF is the first objective measurement of therapy performance available for the routine assessment of heart failure therapy that will significantly impact outcomes including lower repeat hospitalization, improved functional capacity, and quality of life.
By providing an objective basis for defining a patient’s condition, the Shape-HF can help ease the burden in heart failure disease management by improving communication between caregivers.
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