Heart Failure Care

Dr. Eric Rome, a heart failure specialist, treating a patient in the cath lab.

Turn to Faith Regional Health Services for expert treatment of heart failure. You can count on our comprehensive heart failure care to help you manage your symptoms, so you can enjoy a healthier life.


What's Heart Failure?

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, happens when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. That means it can’t get enough blood and oxygen to your organs.


A cardiology medical assistant.

Your Heart Failure Team

Access an experienced heart failure team with the knowledge to help you live healthier. You’ll benefit from our multidisciplinary team approach of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and therapists. You can see all your providers at the same location and sometimes on the same day, meaning it’s as easy as possible to get care.


Symptoms

Heart failure signs include:

  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Difficulty sleeping at night due to breathing problems
  • Frequent lack of energy (fatigue) and weakness
  • Frothy cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen feet and legs
  • Tender of puffy abdomen with loss of appetite
  • Waking up often throughout the night to go to the bathroom

Diagnosis

When diagnosing heart failure, your physician will review your complete medical history and perform a physical exam. After your exam, your doctor may order one or more additional tests:

Blood tests

To look for signs of diseases that can affect the health of your heart

Chest x-ray

To show the condition of your lungs and heart

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

A fast, painless test that shows the length and duration of heartbeats by recording electrical signals

Echocardiogram

A test to show the size and structure of the heart and valves using sound waves to produce images of the heart in motion


Complete Heart Failure Care

Heart failure is a long-lasting (chronic) disease. You need lifelong management to help strengthen the heart. Rely on the Faith Regional Health Services experts for personalized:

  • Patient and family education
  • Medication review and instruction from a registered pharmacist
  • Dietary consultation with a registered dietician
  • Activity and exercise instruction
  • Referrals to support services

Congestive Heart Failure Treatment

Depending on your symptoms and preferences, your treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise
  • Medication
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), an implant under your chest that helps keep your heart beating
  • Pulmonary pressure monitoring device, an implant in your artery that monitors your blood pressure
  • Heart transplant
  • Ventricular assist devices (VADs) that help pump blood from the lower chambers of your heart to the rest of your body

Call for Heart & Vascular Care

Call 402-844-8284 to make an appointment for heart and vascular care at Faith Regional Health Services.

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