What’s heart failure?
Heart failure means your heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Heart attack, cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, diabetes and congenital heart defects can weaken your heart’s pumping ability. These conditions can cause heart failure. You may experience advanced heart failure if poor blood flow causes fluid to build up in your lungs and other organs.
Your heart failure team
Work with a knowledgeable heart failure team at ProHealth to manage your condition. Your team may include:
- Certified heart failure treatment nurses
- Primary care doctor
- Registered dietitians
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. Expect to learn about:
- Activities and exercises
- Benefits of quitting tobacco and using less alcohol
- Low-sodium diets
- Importance of getting enough sleep
- Medication management
- Self-care practices
- Spiritual, mental, social and financial well-being
- Weight and symptom tracking
Heart failure treatments
Heart failure treatments may improve your symptoms or heart function, slow the progression of your disease and help you live longer. Your cardiologist may recommend:
- Lifestyle, diet and exercise changes to reduce symptoms and enhance your quality of life
- Medications to help manage heart failure and related conditions
- Devices to help maintain heart rhythm
- Surgical procedures to correct heart defects, remove blockages or replace your heart
Heart failure monitoring
Manage heart failure and prevent hospitalizations with CardioMEMS™ – a proactive heart monitoring system.
Your ProHealth doctor uses a minimally invasive procedure to implant a CardioMEMS sensor inside your lung. The sensor measures and monitors your pulmonary artery (PA) pressure and heart rate, and then sends information wirelessly to your doctor.
Benefit from your doctor’s ability to use the daily measurements to adjust your medications and treatment plan.
Heart failure program successes
When you participate in the heart failure management program at ProHealth, you have less than a 2 percent chance of readmission to the hospital within 30 days of discharge with the diagnosis of heart failure. Our readmission rate is lower than the nation-wide average of 25 percent.