Heart Failure

Heart Failure occurs when the heart is not able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.  Having heart failure does not mean that your heart is about to stop but is does mean that there are some things that you need to pay attention to if you haven’t in the past.  Heart failure can be treated with lifestyle modification, such as salt reduction, weight loss, blood pressure control, reduction of alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and increasing physical activity.  Please consult your physician before beginning any treatment regimen.  Heart failure can also be treated with medication, cardiac resynchronization therapy, and the use of Implanted Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs).  For more questions about Heart Failure please contact our Heart Failure Educator at 384-4157.

Common Symptoms include:

  • Recent unexplained weight gain
  • Swelling of the ankles or legs
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart rate