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
Signs & Symptoms of Heart Failure: Think FACES
By themselves these symptoms may not be cause for alarm, but a combination of symptoms could indicate heart failure. If you experience a combination of these symptoms, please consult your doctor. Already diagnosed with heart failure? Track your symptoms and report any sudden changes to your care team.
- FATIGUE: tiring easily, general feeling of exhaustion
- ACTIVITIES LIMITED: diffi culty performing everyday activities such as carrying groceries or walking
- CHEST CONGESTION: frequent coughing or coughing that produces mucus that may be pink or blood-tinged
- EDEMA: swelling of feet, ankles or legs
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH: shortness of breath from climbing stairs or performing simple tasks, diffi culty breathing when resting or lying down, waking up breathless at night or needing more than two pillows to sleep
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 failure nurse to help patients understand their individualized healthcare plan.
To learn more about our Advanced Heart Failure Program, call us at 775-982-7867.
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
- Attend a heart failure support group
- 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