Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Different from a heart attack, heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition that prevents the heart from functioning effectively.
Astria Heart Institute's heart care specialists utilize advanced diagnostic technology to determine the cause and extent of heart failure. Doctors and nurses who specialize in heart failure provide a comprehensive management program that offers the latest treatment options, including:
- Medical management: Medications are used to lower blood pressure, eliminate excess water, prevent clotting, slow heart rate or alter hormones that affect the heart. Astria Heart Institute's cardiologists can develop a program that combines medication and lifestyle changes to effectively manage heart failure.
- Risk-factor management: Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and eating more healthfully, controlling blood pressure, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and getting enough rest can help improve heart health and prevent further damage.
- Minimally invasive cardiac catheterization techniques: Procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries.
- Experienced cardiac professionals utilize advanced technology to deliver non-surgical, state-of-the-art heart failure treatment, including implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. The cardiac team use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.