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Healing Hearts: Heart Failure Care Program

Resources for Health Professionals Caring for Heart Failure Patients

The Beat Goes On classes are starting for Fall sessions! Locations vary.

MaineHealth offers a number of different education and exercise programs to help patients and families live as healthy as possible with heart failure.  Please contact Richard Veilleux,, 661-7557 for information about the where you can enroll your patients in the Beat Goes On in your community.

Heart Failure Clinical Update Series

Target Audience: Nurses and allied health professionals
Description: 5 different modules, including:

  • Overview of Heart Failure for the Clinical Professional 
  • Clinical Assessments of the Heart Failure Patient 
  • Heart Failure Medication Update 
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition for the Heart Failure Patient 
  • Using the PHQ-9 to Assess Depression

For more information, contact Richard Veilleux at (207) 661-7557.  

MaineHealth Home Health Heart Failure Clinical Pathway

Heart Failure – Patient Education

The Healing Hearts Program offers patient education programming on a wide range of heart failure topics. To order patient or provider educational materials, please contact Celeste Green at (207) 662-4613.

For more information about the Healing Hearts Program, please email one of our staff .

Heart Failure Zone Chart
A quick visual reference for patients to assess their daily status and take appropriate action.

Healing Hearts Patient Newsletter Archive 
Please use this link to view archived editions of our quarterly newsletter comprising patient stories, recipes and helpful tips on heart failure management.

MaineHealth Policy on Educational Material Reproduction
Use this link for MaineHealth policy on the reproduction of its clinical and patient education materials.

Heart Failure – Resources for Clinical Professionals

Water Pill Guide: This "Water Pill Guide" is intended as a teaching tool and patient self-management tool to help patients better manage their disease by taking an active role, following their provider’s guidance, in adjusting diuretic mediations.  The goal is to help patients respond appropriately to sudden weight changes as a sign of fluid retention or fluid loss by increasing or decreasing their dosage of diuretic medication. This guide also serves to help patients understand when it is appropriate to call their provider’s office for guidance based on weight gained or lost.

The following links are to external sites not associated with MaineHealth. Clicking on one of the below links will take you outside of the MaineHealth website.

For more information about the Heart Failure Program, please send an email to  Richard Veilleux , Program Manager, or call (207) 661-7557.

Guidelines and Clinical Links

HFSA Comprehensive Heart Failure Practice Guidelines   – HFSA guidelines for Heart Failure.

ACC/AHA Clinical Practice Guideline – ACC/AHA guidelines for Heart Failure.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Provides information on heart surgery and disease through a resource list and a patient Information page.
Keep abreast of the latest clinical developments by visiting this website comprising newsletters, clinical news and tools. It contains high-quality materials and information.

The Maine Heart Center
The Maine Heart Center is a nonprofit organization with hospitals throughout Southern and Central Maine, dedicated to delivering superior care in cardiac services. In partnership with cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and anesthesiologists, the Maine Heart Center network offers open-heart surgery, angioplasty, cardiac catheterizations, and other cardiac procedures.

Nutrition and Weight Management

Dash Diet
Recommended to many people with hypertension or pre-hypertension by their physicians.

Nutrition Source
Created by the Harvard School of Public Health, this site provides clear tips for healthy eating and dispels common nutrition myths.

General Patient Education Information

Click this link to find general information about heart disease.    

MaineHealth Learning Resource Centers
Health information and education resources for patients, families and communities.  




Healing Hearts Booklet: Living well with heart failure (.pdf) 

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