Heart Failure Program

Heart Failure Program

Our patients receive the best care the region has to offer with the Institute for Heart & Vascular Health being the only accredited heart failure center in northern Nevada.

We are committed to helping our patients understand and manage a heart failure diagnosis. Our team builds a customer plan to address specific health and lifestyle issues so each patient can live well with heart failure.

The 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 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 health care plan.

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What is heart failure?

Heart failure means that your heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart isn't pumping as well as it should.

Because your heart cannot pump well, your body tries to make up for it. To do this:

  • Your body holds on to salt and water. This increases the amount of blood in your bloodstream.
  • Your heart beats faster.
  • Your heart might get bigger.

Your body has an amazing ability to make up for heart failure. It may do such a good job that you don’t know you have a disease. But at some point, your heart and body will no longer be able to keep up. Then fluid starts to build up in your lungs and other parts of your body.

This fluid buildup is called congestion. It's why some doctors call the disease congestive heart failure.

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Symptoms of heart failure start to happen when your heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of your body.

In the early stages of heart failure, you may:

  • Feel tired easily.
  • Be short of breath when you exert yourself.
  • Feel like your heart is pounding or racing (palpitations).
  • Feel weak or dizzy.

As heart failure gets worse, fluid starts to build up in your lungs and other parts of your body. This may cause you to:

  • Feel short of breath even at rest.
  • Have swelling (edema), especially in your legs, ankles, and feet.
  • Gain weight. This may happen over just a day or two, or more slowly.
  • Cough or wheeze, especially when you lie down.
  • Feel bloated or sick to your stomach.

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