Heart failure touches all parts of your life.  Symptoms may keep you from doing daily activities or things you enjoy.  Actions that used to be simple, such as climbing a flight of stairs, may now be much harder.  You may not have the energy to spend time with friends and loved ones.  


There's no easy way to solve these problems.  Heart failure is a chronic (ongoing) health problem, but the congestive health failure clinic at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing offers help to control your heart failure through the use of medication, changes to your diet, and other forms of treatment.  So you'll be able to do more of the things that matter to you.

What is it?

When you have heart failure, your heart doesn't pump as well as it should. Because of this, some parts of your body may not get enough blood and oxygen. These problems lead to the symptoms you feel. 


When the heart doesn't pump enough blood, hormones (body chemicals) are sent to increase the amount of work the heart does. Some hormones make the heart grow larger. Others tell the heart to pump faster. As a result, the heart may pump more blood at first, but it can't keep up with the ongoing demands. So, the heart muscle becomes more damaged. Over time, even less blood is pumped through the heart. This leads to problems throughout the body

Symptoms

You may have many heart failure symptoms, or only a few. Here are the most common symptoms: 

■ Shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing when you exert yourself

■ Feeling weak or tired after little effort 

■ Problems breathing when you're lying flat, or the need to sleep in a recliner or propped up on pillows 

■ Waking up at night coughing or short of breath 

■ Rapid weight gain 

■ Swelling in the hands, abdomen, ankles, or feet

Causes

Some common causes of heart failure are: 

■ Coronary artery disease (CAD) 

■ Heart attack 

■ High blood pressure 

■ Heart valve disease 

■ Infection of the heart muscle 

■ Alcohol abuse 

■ Side effects of toxic drugs or medications 

■ Inherited heart problem

Your Role

Heart failure treatments means more than just medications. You'll also need to eat less salt, weigh yourself daily, and manage your symptoms. Your job is to follow your prescribed treatment as best you can. And you must work closely with your healthcare team to keep heart failure under control. Be sure to see your healthcare providers as often as directed for follow-up.

Contact Us

The Congestive Heart Failure Clinic is located in the Disease Management Department located on the second floor of Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. Use the north parking lot and entrance to find us. For more information about the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, call 218-362-6514 or 888-870-8626 ext. 6514.

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