If you have CHF, Aetna Better HealthSM can help you get care. CHF is not a disease. CHF is a condition that happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood for your body.
Aetna Better Health has a disease management program for members with CHF.
Everyone with CHF needs care from a provider. If you do not get care for your CHF, your heart could get weaker and you will feel very sick. You may even have to go to the hospital.
Many people live very well with CHF. To live well, you must see a provider regularly and do what the provider tells you. We will work with you and your provider to get you the right treatment.
Most people with CHF fit into one of four groups:
Group One: A person may not have signs of CHF or heart damage. He or she may have other problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes or blocked blood vessels in the heart. If you are part of this group, we will teach you ways to live healthier. This will help you be less likely to get CHF.
Group Two: A person's heart has been damaged. The heart is not as healthy as it could be. But the person does not show symptoms of heart failure. Maybe the person has had a heart attack or an infection in the heart. Maybe the heart valves are not working correctly. If you are part of this group, your doctor may give you medicine called ACE inhibitors or beta blockers.
Group Three: A person's heart may be damaged, like in group two. The person shows signs of heart failure. If you are part of this group, we will teach you about having healthier habits. You will learn about exercise and eating healthy food. Also, your doctor may give you medicine for your CHF.
Group Four: This is the most serious group. A person's heart may be getting weaker. It may not be able to pump blood to the body very well. If you are part of group four, your doctor may refer you to a heart doctor or you may have to go to the hospital.
It is important to learn as much as you can about your CHF. Aetna Better Health can help.
To find out more about Aetna Better Health's disease management program for CHF, call Member Services toll free at 1-866-212-2851. If you have trouble hearing, call Illinois Relay at 7-1-1.