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Heart FailureHeart failure does not mean the heart has stopped, instead it means the heart does not pump as it should, resulting in less oxygen-rich blood circulating in the body. Nearly five million Americans are living with heart failure, and 550,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Heart failure is a chronic and often progressive disease. Coronary artery disease is the most common cause of heart failure in the United States. Congenital heart disease, heart valve disease, cardiomyopathy, and high blood pressure can also cause heart failure. The more common forms of heart failure—those due to damage that has accumulated over time—can't be cured. They can, however, be treated and oftentimes symptoms can be greatly decreased.
Main types of heart failure include:
SymptomsHeart failure symptoms can be mild to severe depending on the stage of heart failure. Some symptoms may include: If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
DiagnosisTo diagnose heart failure a wide range of tests and procedures can be performed including:
TreatmentsMemorialCare offers treatments to help all heart failure patients lead productive and rewarding lives.
Following recommendations about diet, exercise and other habits can help to alleviate symptoms, slow heart failure’s progression and improve everyday life. Our outpatient education program helps heart failure patients to understand their condition and what they can do to improve their daily life and overall outcomes. Nutrition, medication and lifestyle changes are the key highlights of the program. Lifestyle Changes Medications
Most people with heart failure take a number of medications that work in different ways. Some help to improve circulation by strengthening the heart muscle's pumping action or expanding the blood vessels. Others help to reduce the amount of water and sodium in the body, which in turn reduces the heart's workload. Patients and their families need to keep track of prescribed medications and follow instructions on how much to take and when to take them. Our physicians and pharmacists can help determine the proper medications and dosage and help you stick with a program to keep you feeling your best.
Heart Failure Management Minimally Invasive Interventions
We offer several minimally invasive treatments options when lifestyle and medication aren’t enough. In some cases, valvuloplasty can ease heart failure symptoms by increasing blood flow to the heart. Robotic Assisted Heart Surgery
We provide breakthrough minimally invasive surgical capabilities utilizing robotic computer technology. Surgery
When minimally invasive interventions are not an option. We offer advanced surgical procedures. In some cases, coronary artery bypass (CAGB) surgery can ease heart failure symptoms by increasing blood flow to the heart.