550,000 new cases of CHF are diagnosed each year. CHF is the leading cause of hospitalization for patients over 65 years old. Twenty five percent of CHF patients are readmitted to the hospital within one month, leading to an exorbitant financial burden of healthcare spending. CHF is a result of weakened heart muscle and the inability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Nearly 70% of CHF cases are caused by coronary artery disease which leads to the damage of heart wall muscle. Poorly controlled hypertension, viral infections and kidney disease can also cause CHF.
The goal of the CHF clinic at Phoenix Heart is to avoid hospital admissions, ER visits and death by educating patients regarding the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Patients become better equipped to recognize when they need help. The CHF provider manages cardiac medications, follows pertinent lab work and provides guidelines for diet and fluid intake. Patients may have improvement in symptoms and quality of life. Ongoing follow-up is advised on an individual basis.
Symptoms of CHF
- Shortness of breath.
- Persistent coughing or wheezing.
- Excess fluid in body tissues such as the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen.
- Excessive fatigue.
- Lack of appetite or nausea.
- Confusion, memory loss or impaired thinking.
- Increased heart rate or palpitations.