Heart failure refers to a condition where the heart muscle becomes weak and can no longer pump the right amount of blood throughout the body, which causes a variety of health problems. Depending on which part of the heart is affected, this lack of oxygen can lead to a build-up of excess fluid in the lungs, feet and elsewhere.
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How is Heart Failure Treated?
Because heart failure can progress over time, the heart specialists at LewisGale Regional Health System take an aggressive approach to treatment to prevent it from worsening. Once you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, our cardiovascular team works closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan to help you manage your disease effectively. Our goal is to help you strengthen your heart, improve your overall health and avoid future hospitalizations.
Treatments typically include:
- Lifestyle changes, often with an increased amount of exercise
- Dietary counseling
- Rehabilitation and monitoring
LewisGale Can Help You Manage Heart Failure
Because heart failure is a long-term condition, our Heart Failure programs are designed to provide convenient, ongoing care to assist you in managing your disease. We focus on your overall health and emphasize patient education. We’re here to help you and your family understand your specific condition and learn how to control it through lifestyle changes and medication.
In our monitored and supervised program, you’ll spend six weeks—including two exercise visits per week and one 30-minute education session per week—exploring ways to improve your quality of life, energy and endurance levels. Our team of specialists includes doctors, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists and other professionals—all experienced in heart failure management and dedicated to delivering the care you need.
A physician’s referral is required for treatment in the LewisGale Heart Failure Clinics. For more information, talk to your doctor or call Consult-A-Nurse at (877) 242-2362.
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