Recognizing the symptoms of heart failure and learning to manage your condition can help you avoid hospital stays and improve your quality of life.
When you choose UPMC in Central Pa. for your heart failure treatment, you will receive expert care from a team of highly qualified heart failure specialists. We offer a full range of diagnostic tests for heart failure, including:
If you are diagnosed with heart failure, your doctors will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and access to the latest therapies and treatments, which may include:
Although many people can live well and comfortably while treating heart failure, some patients continue to decline despite treatment. Our specialists also offer palliative care, which helps to treat symptoms of heart failure and side effects of treatment, and end-of-life care, if necessary.
Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped working instead, it means that your heart's pumping power is not as strong as it should be. Over time, heart conditions such as coronary artery disease and high blood pressure can weaken or damage your heart and prevent it from pumping enough blood for your body. Complications of heart failure can include:
It can be difficult to distinguish the symptoms of heart failure from other medical conditions. Some people who have heart failure do not have any symptoms, but other people experience symptoms that range from mild to severe. You should get medical help as soon as possible for symptoms including:
If you have already been diagnosed with heart failure and develop a new symptom or your symptoms get worse, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
If you have had a previous heart attack or have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or another type of heart damage, you are at a higher risk of experiencing heart failure. Other risk factors include:
Preventing heart disease, heart damage, and chronic conditions can reduce your risk of having heart failure. Exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains also can help lower your risk. You also should control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, avoid smoking, and limit alcoholic beverages.
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Formerly known as Bloom Outpatient Center
4310 Londonderry Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17109
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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