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What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure means your heart is weak and cannot pump blood as it should. Your body needs your heart to supply oxygen-rich blood to your cells. When your heart does not squeeze or relax properly, blood backs up into your heart and lungs. This pressure forces fluid into your lungs and other places. When this happens, you may have shortness of breath, swelling, fatigue and a feeling of fullness.
Heart failure may seriously limit your activities. You may also feel afraid of your diagnosis. However, there are treatments for heart failure that can help you feel better, stay out of the hospital, improve your quality of life and live longer. That is why it is important for you to understand and follow your treatment plan.
Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic
Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic is a team of healthcare professionals who work together to prevent and treat heart failure. Our program helps patients with heart failure live more comfortably with their disease.
The Heart Failure Clinic teaches patients to know the early signs of heart failure and seek treatment. Ignoring early symptoms and delaying treatment can lead to an emergency situation. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, you can ask your physician to refer you to the program.
How Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic Can Help You
Passavant’s Heart Failure Clinic is located at 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville, in the East Building of Passavant Hospital, on the 2nd floor.
Our team is dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with heart failure live more comfortable and productive lives. Patients treated in the Heart Failure Clinic are seen by advanced practice nurses who specialize in heart care. They provide patient and family education, and adjust treatment to manage your heart failure. They will refer you to support services as needed. We stay in contact with patients through telephone and office follow-ups. We then will work with your physician to adjust your treatment plans as your condition changes.
Members of our team will work closely with you to create an individual treatment plan that includes your medicines, diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. This plan is designed to keep you as healthy as possible. We also teach you and your loved ones about the signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure so you can know if you need help or a change to your plan.
You must be an active partner to manage heart failure. The Heart Failure Team will always include you in creating a treatment plan that works best for you.