We are committed to helping our patients understand and manage a heart failure diagnosis. Our team builds a custom plan to address specific health and lifestyle issues so that each patient can live well with heart failure.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure — also known as congestive heart failure or CHF — is a serious, chronic and processive condition that occurs when the heart muscle cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s blood and oxygen needs. Over time, the heart becomes too stiff to fill with sufficient blood between beats, too over-stretched and weak to pump blood efficiently, or both. However, many people with heart failure lead full, enjoyable, active lives when the condition is managed with medication and a healthy lifestyle.
Heart failure occurs as a result of:
- Damaged heart muscle from a heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Faulty heart valves
- Abnormal heartbeats
- Inflammation of the heart muscle
- Other chronic conditions
Advanced Heart Failure Program
The Advanced Heart Failure Program is an innovative approach to treating heart failure, designed to help patients understand and manage the condition. It begins in the hospital where patients receive information on maintaining good heart health and continues after discharge through the outpatient Advanced Heart Failure Program. Participants receive careful monitoring by our dedicated team of heart failure specialists including:
- An individual plan of care, including doctor follow up.
- Heart failure education through every stage of recovery and beyond.
- Meeting with qualified heart failure personnel to evaluate lifestyle needs.
- Motivation and guidance to live well with heart failure.
The outpatient program includes visits with a heart nurse navigator, pharmacist and dietitian to help patients understand their individualized healthcare plan.
To learn more about our Advanced Heart Failure Program, call us at 775-982-PUMP (7867).
The CardioMEMS heart failure system lets healthcare providers monitor heart failure patients remotely. Providers are alerted when the patient's pulmonary artery pressure changes. Studies have shown that artery pressure changes are one of the first signs of worsening heart failure – appearing prior to physical symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain.
To Live Well with Heart Failure
- Take medication correctly every day
- Eat less salt
- Exercise regularly
- Monitor daily weight
- Lower high blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Stop smoking
- Control diabetes
- Eat a heart-healthy diet