Heart failure is a progressive condition where the heart gradually loses its’ ability to pump enough blood to supply the body’s needs. Some common warning signs include:
- Shortness of breath with activity, or even at rest
- Waking up short of breath at night
- Needing more pillows to sleep on (especially more than 2)
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, or legs
- Feeling tired
- Weight gain of more than 2 pounds overnight or 3-5 pounds over a couple of days
Risk factors for developing heart failure include:
- Untreated high blood pressure
- Heart valves that do not function properly
- Heart attack
- Bypass surgery or angina
- Severe lung disease
- Severe anemia
- Untreated hyperthyroidism
- Heart arrhythmias
While there is currently no cure for heart failure, early diagnosis and proper treatments can make you feel better and help you live longer. Call your physician if you notice more than one of the above symptoms and have any of the risk factors listed.
In the clinic, cardiac nurses, clinical dietitians and clinical pharmacists educate patients on their health condition, diet and medications. They evaluate problems, blood pressure, weights, compliance and optimize medication regimens through regular clinic visits. Labs are drawn on-site, medication boxes can be filled and IV therapies can be administered. Care is closely coordinated with referring provider and any other providers involved in the patient’s care.
The clinic is located at 770 W. High St., Suite 450, in Lima. Patients are seen by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. A physician referral is required. For more information, call (419) 996-5069.