Heart Failure Program
Award winning care and support to heart failure patients and their families
Southwest General has been awarded Heart Failure Certification by The Joint Commission. This recognition is given to facilities that demonstrate high quality care while following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for heart failure patients.
Care and Education to Manage Heart Failure
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure.
The Congestive Heart Failure Program at Southwest General is there to help patients and their families know that they are not alone in dealing with this condition and that a support network is in place with information and care when it is needed.
A Serious Condition You Can Live With
The term "heart failure" makes it sound like the heart is no longer working at all and that there is nothing that can be done. In reality, heart failure means that the heart is not pumping as well as it should and with changes in lifestyle you can live a full and happy life.
Your body depends on the heart's pumping action to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the body's cells. When the cells are nourished properly, the body can function normally. With heart failure, the weakened heart can't supply the cells with enough blood. This results in fatigue and shortness of breath. Everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs or carrying groceries can become very difficult.
The Congestive Heart Failure Program at Southwest General
Our Congestive Heart Failure Program is focused on letting patients know about the risk factors that can influence their health. We work with our patients to emphasize the fact that you can live with heart failure but you need to be aware of the risk factors and how to reduce their effects. Understanding these factors and how to deal with them is the core of our educational program and our award-winning care is reflected in the compassionate and thoughtful manner in which the information is presented.
Risk Factors that Can and Can’t Be Changed
Our program endeavors to help make sure that our patients and their families understand the risk factors that can and can’t be changed. According to American Heart Association these risk factors follow:
Risk factors you can’t change include:
Age. The older we get, the more prone we are to developing heart disease
Gender. Males are still at risk, but the women are catching up
Positive family history. Those with a family member who developed heart disease at age 55 or younger are more prone to developing heart disease themselves
Risk factors you can change or modify include:
High blood pressure. Ideal blood pressure is less than 120/80
Diabetes. Keeping blood sugars under control lessens risks of heart disease
Smoking. Quitting can be difficult, but it is not impossible
Sedentary lifestyle. Maintaining an active lifestyle, helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and stress. It also helps you to lose weight.
We Look Forward to Helping You
A heart failure nurse clinician is available to answer health-related questions or concerns at 440-816-4388.
Additionally, you can call Southwest General's Heart & Vascular Institute's nurse practitioners 24 hours a day for FREE at 1-877-SWG-BEAT (794-2328).