What’s heart failure?
Heart failure is a chronic medical condition. It occurs when the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood through the heart to meet the body's need for blood and oxygen.
Your heart failure team
Work with a knowledgeable heart failure team at ProHealth to manage your condition. Your team may include:
- Heart failure nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Primary care providers
Managing heart failure
Count on ProHealth to teach you and your family how to live better with heart failure. Your care team will answer your questions, and support and encourage you along the way.
Services provided may include:
- Medical management of heart failure: Our heart failure services team makes sure patients are taking the correct types and amounts of medication needed to prevent the disease from progressing and keep patients out of the hospital. Our team counsels patients on diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to help patients remain involved in activities of daily living and reduce their symptoms.
- In-home disease management: When your health keeps you at home, we provide heart failure support through telehealth monitoring. By monitoring your weight, heart rate, oxygen level and blood pressure, we can catch changes before they become a concern.
- Monitoring from a distance: When intensive monitoring is required, devices such as the CardioMEMS heart failure system may be used. This small implanted device monitors the patient and alerts the medical team before symptoms are even felt. The notification allows the heart failure team to quickly adjusted medications, decreasing the need for hospitalization.
- Electrical device management of heart failure: Some patients with advanced heart failure may benefit from the use of electrical devices. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with biventricular pacemakers can improve heart function and quality of life. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may be used to prevent life-threatening heartbeats, and reduce the risk of death.