Managing Heart Failure

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Heart failure is a major health problem in Bucks County, and in the United States.

Heart Failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood through the body. According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure and it is one of the most common reasons why adults age 65 and older require hospitalization.

Signs of Heart Failure

People with heart failure typically experience an increase in symptoms as the heart becomes weaker and less able to pump blood through the body. Signs of heart failure include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or run-down
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Swelling in feet, ankles and legs
  • Weight gain
  • Confusion

Managing Heart Failure

While there is no cure for heart failure, there are recommendations for managing the condition. It is important to consult your healthcare providers before making any lifestyle changes.

Tips for managing heart failure:
  • Quit smoking or don’t start
  • Take medicines as prescribed
  • Weigh yourself daily and report any weight gains to your doctor
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Eat a diet low in salt and saturated fat
  • Monitor your fluid intake and blood pressure daily
  • Exercise as recommended by your physician
  • Rest and respect your limits 

Living with Heart Failure

Are you or a loved one living with heart failure? Join us for a FREE presentation on how to manage the condition and still enjoy your life.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 29 at 7 pm

Where: The Health and Wellness Center
VIA Auditorium
847 Easton Road
Warrington, PA 18976

Presented by: Renee Sangrigoli, MD, cardiologist and heart failure expert

Registration: This is a free program, but registration is encouraged. Register online or call 215-345-2121.

About the Heart Failure Program of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital

Doylestown Hospital is committed to providing advanced, compassionate care to individuals with all types of heart disease. For patients with heart failure, our award-winning Heart Failure Program includes highly skilled cardiologists and expert clinical care teams who perform state-of-the art procedures and follow evidence-based guidelines for treatment. In addition, our devoted Heart Failure Program coordinator provides support and guidance to ensure each patient receives coordinated care for the best possible outcomes during and after treatment.

Doylestown Hospital's Heart Failure Program has been awarded Certification by The Joint Commission, and the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Award for the fourth consecutive year from the American Heart Association.

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