Heart failure management program

Heart failure happens when your heart weakens and stops pumping your blood like it used to. This makes it harder to give your body the oxygen and nutrients it needs. Artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are some common causes.

Managing heart failure

Despite how scary the name sounds, heart failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped working or could stop working soon. Heart failure is a medical condition that won't go away, but if you follow your treatment plan, you can manage it. The outlook is best if you're diagnosed early.

Work with your primary care physician to:

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Health checks

Talk to your doctor about these wellness checks every year. You may need some of them more often than that.

  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides)
  • Monitor your weight
  • Flu shot

Also, check with your doctor to see if your vaccines are up to date, including:

  • Your pneumonia shot
  • You shingles vaccine
  • Your combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine

Other resources

Log in to learn more

You can find in-depth information about heart failure in your online account.

  1. Log in to your account at bcbsm.com.
  2. Click on the Health & Wellness tab at the top of the page to enter the Blue Cross® Health & Wellness website, powered by WebMD®.
  3. Click on the Health Information tab.
  4. Click on Conditions.
  5. Click on Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure/CHF).
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