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Heart Failure Disease

Patient Education Documents

For information about supplies of these written materials, call Lakeland Patient Education at
(269)983-8869 or email

Patient Education Videos

While in the hospital, access to the following videos is available for patient viewing. Dial 8040 in St. Joseph or 1232 in Niles.

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Congestive Heart Failure (Spanish)
  • Heart Failure: Leaving the Hospital
  • Heart to Heart: Eating Right

Community Programs

1Learn to Live Well with Heart Failure

This free class will explain the causes and symptoms of heart failure and why your heart isn't pumping as well as it should. You'll learn new daily routines for managing this chronic disease and how to take control of your health. Preregistration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

For information about hosting this workshop at your facility contact Mike Rushlow, RN at

2. Eating Right for a Healthy Heart

Learn how better food habits can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. A registered dietitian will provide tips on following the American Heart Association’s eating plan.
A 24 hour advance registration is requested. To register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

3. Smoking Cessation

Free support sessions and on-on-one consultations are available to help patients quit.
To schedule an appointment, call (269) 927-5403 or e-mail

4. MyPlate 101

This class will help you understand the importance of proper nutrition. Learn how to read labels and avoid portion distortion. Walk away with tips for making a great plate and eating better on a budget. Preregistration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544

5. Fitness to the Core

Regular physical activity performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of death in the United States. This class explores the different elements of fitness and its benefits on an individual's overall health. Practical ways to incorporate daily fitness and forming an individualized fitness plan will be discussed. Preregistration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

6. Because Every Heart Matters- Early  Heart Attack Care

Did you know that heart attacks have beginnings? Early Heart Attack Care involves knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately- before heart damage occurs. This class provides information about the early symptoms of heart attack for yourself and others, the importance of early treatment and calling 9-1-1, and ways to decrease the risk of heart disease. Preregistration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

7. Stop Stressing Your Heart

This class helps participants identify the stressors in their lives that may be affecting their physical, social, mental, and emotional well-being. Practical solutions for reducing and managing stress will be discussed and put into practice. Preregistration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. 

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