Heart Failure Clinic
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Heart failure requires you to pay close attention to your body. You can help reduce your chances of hospital visits by understanding your symptoms and knowing when they signal trouble. You can also make lifestyle choices that can improve heart health such as:
- Don’t use tobacco products: Cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco contain nicotine cause the blood vessels to narrow and raises blood pressure and pulse rate, which makes your heart work harder.
- Don’t drink alcohol in excess: Alcohol decreases the strength of the heart’s contractions.
- Reduce sodium: Heart failure causes your body to hold onto extra sodium, which causes fluid buildup, swelling and weight gain.
- Exercise regularly: Your heart is a muscle that benefits from exercise that helps to improve the heart’s function.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. While heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions among those 65 years and older, it is not limited to seniors. Heart failure is a progressive disease that gets worse over time, but with proper treatment and education, you can manage the impact heart failure has on your daily life.
Symptoms of Heart Failure
- Fatigue and lack of energy even daily chores and walking up stairs may be difficult
- Shortness of breath: feeling you are “not getting enough air” with exertion, needing to sleep upright, or a dry cough that gets worse when you lie down
- Weight gain over several consecutive days can indicate fluid buildup in the body
- Swelling in feet, legs or abdomen that becomes worse as the day progresses
- Loss of appetite or bloating sensation
- Decreased urination during the day but increased urination at night
Team Approach to Treating Heart Failure
The Heart Failure Clinic at Phoenixville Hospital provides medical management to people living with heart failure through a team approach that includes a board-certified physician, specially trained nurses, case managers and social workers.
The Heart Failure Clinic offers:
- Clinical assessment including weight, blood pressure, key measurements
- Intensive heart failure education
- Lifestyle modification techniques including diet and exercise
- Coordinated continuity of care including communication with your primary care physician, cardiologist and other specialists as needed
- Access to cardiac rehabilitation