Understanding Heart Failure
If you are one of the 5.1 million Americans with advanced heart disease you know your risk for heart failure is high and that your options for treatment are limited. Our physicians at CHI St. Vincent are at the forefront of treating all types of heart disease and our program provides advanced options for treating congestive heart failure to help you return to the activities you love.
Symptoms of Heart Failure
If you have congestive heart failure or advanced heart failure, your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. You may experience these symptoms which will get worse over time if they are not treated:
- Feeling weak and tired
- Feeling short of breath
- Retaining fluid in your feet, legs
- Retaining fluid in your stomach and as a result feeling full sooner and losing your appetite
Treatments for Heart Failure
Medication is used treat early stages of congestive heart failure. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to improve the health of your heart.
Heart Transplant is a treatment for advanced heart failure. The ideal heart transplant candidate is a person with end-stage heart disease or advanced heart failure, but with all other major organs in good shape and functioning efficiently.
LVAD, VAD (ventricular assist device), Impella heart pumps are used for patients waiting for a heart transplant. These devices sustain your weakened heart by helping it pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. You may require another major surgery, but need temporary support for the heart. These devices allow the heart to rest, heal and grow stronger before the stress of surgery. An LVAD also enables patients to recover more quickly from a massive heart attack and significant heart muscle damage.
Our physicians that specialize in treating heart failure, advanced heart failure and congestive heart failure work closely with your primary care physician and cardiologist to ensure you receive the treatment you need. Ask your doctor to refer you to one of our heart failure specialists.