Heart Failure Clinic
Heart failure (congestive heart failure) is America’s silent epidemic
affecting nearly five million Americans of all ages and is responsible
for more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. Over 400,000
new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed in the next year. Yet many
people with heart failure are not aware that they have it. Some of the
most common symptoms of heart failure include feeling tired or short of
breath which are often mistaken for normal signs of getting older.
Heart failure does not mean that the heart is about to stop working or
that you are about to die. Heart failure is a common condition that usually
develops slowly as the heart muscle weakens and needs to work harder to
keep blood flowing through the body.
Valley Health’s HF Clinic can assist you in the management of heart
failure. Being followed in the clinic allows patients to be monitored
closely for signs and symptoms that may otherwise cause a hospital admission.
Our goal is to see patients as often as needed to keep them out of the
hospital and to improve the patient and family members’ quality of life.
- High blood pressure
- Prior heart attack
- Damage to the heart valves
- Family history of enlarged heart
- Shortness of breath, which can happen from mild activity
- Difficulty breathing when lying down
- Waking up breathless in the middle of the night
- Weight gain with swelling in the legs and ankles from fluid retention
- Tiring easily
- Feeling tired all the time
- Dry, hacking cough when lying flat in bed
- Medications are available to relieve your symptoms and to help keep your
heart failure from getting worse
For certain heart failure patients, the
CardioMEMS Heart Failure System may be recommended to help manage their condition
- Eat a heart healthy low salt diet
- Get regular exercise
- Weigh yourself daily and report increases in weight to your doctor
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. Today, doctors can do
more than ever, so many people with heart failure can live normal lives
and be less at risk for being hospitalized. Only your doctor can tell
you if you have heart failure.
For more information about heart failure, you can call the Heart Failure
Clinic at 540 536-0518.