Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force.  The leading causes of heart failure include coronary artery disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

IMCare offers heart failure disease management to members 18 years and older through our Ways to Wellness program. This educational program can teach you how to manage your heart failure.  Ways to Wellness member education for heart failure includes the following topics:

  • Sodium restriction
  • Fluid management
  • Daily weights
  • Medication
  • Physical activity
  • Early symptom recognition
  • Depression

Membership in the Ways to Wellness disease management program is voluntary.  This service is a benefit and there is no charge. If members choose to enroll, their covered services will remain the same.  When enrolled members get:

  • Support from a registered nurse
  • Education about your condition
  • Information on covered services        
  • Self-management techniques
  • Coordination of care

Education is provided over the phone or through the mail. Members don’t need to leave home to receive the services.

For more information about Ways to Wellness, call 218-327-5533 or toll free 1-800-843-9536, extension 2533. 

Printable Heart Failure Educational Materials