Heart Failure Clinic
Heart failure affects 5.8 million Americans, with more than 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The number of patients over age 65 with Heart Failure is expected to double in the next 40 years. Common causes include coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, valve disease, and cardiomyopathy. Unfortunately, the condition causes increased hospital stays and increased emergency department visits.
To help heart failure patients better understand their condition and experience decreased hospital admissions and emergency department visits, UH Samaritan Medical Center offers a Heart Failure Clinic.
Patients are seen at the Heart Failure Clinic as an outpatient. Each patient visit consists of a full body assessment, weight management, and education. Depending on the patient’s individual circumstance, the visit may also include medication titration, lab work, and administration of medication as needed. Patient care is provided by a group of specialists that may include nurses, social workers, dietitians and/or pharmacists.
A physician’s order is necessary for treatment at the Heart Failure Clinic. Contact your doctor to see if could benefit from the Heart Failure Clinic, or feel free to call 419-207-2494 for more information.
Signs of Heart Failure
Swollen ankles and legs, which occurs from an inefficient and back up of blood flow, and too much sodium.
Angina, which is chest or arm discomfort resulting from a blockage of the coronary arteries. Angina may be more prevalent during physical exertion as cells in the heart don’t receive adequate oxygen supply.
Weight loss or weight gain, due to excessive fluid gain or loss. According to Heart Failure Online, weight increases by about 2 pounds for every quart of fluid.
Shortness of breath, which can be caused by lung congestion.
Fatigue, or a feeling of sluggishness, which can be attributed to a decreased oxygen supply to the organs. Talk to your doctor if you feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed.
Loss of appetite or feeling bloated as a result of extra fluid in the digestive organs, which may cause you to feel full. You may find eating smaller meals more often, versus three big meals a day, helpful.