Overview of Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Usually, the heart's reduced ability to pump reflects an underlying condition.
Congestive Heart Failure Treatment
The cause of your heart failure guides your treatment. If your heart failure is caused by a valve disorder, surgery may be performed. If your heart failure is caused by a disease, such as anemia, the underlying disease will be treated. Although there is no cure for heart failure due to damaged heart muscle, many forms of treatment can help manage symptoms.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of heart failure and personal preferences. Options may include:
- CardioMEMS Heart Failure System
- Physical Therapy
Biventricular pacing/cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Rest/Lifestyle Changes
- Ventricular assist devices (VADs)
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Centers for Heart Failure Care
Several of our Baylor Scott & White medical centers have received Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care or Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Achievement Awards from The American Heart Association and offer specialized heart failure programs, centers and clinics.
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