Understanding Heart Failure

Heart failure arises when the heart is unable to pump enough blood and oxygen to the body’s tissues. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include shortness of breath, feelings of exhaustion, rapid or irregular heartbeats, dizziness, fainting, and swelling in the abdomen, ankles, and legs.

If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, our Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist can assist you in improving your quality of life. We can teach you how to manage your condition and learn healthy lifestyle habits that can make day-to-day living easier and more enjoyable.  As your symptoms progress our team can help you determine the best treatment options.  The goal of our Heart Failure Clinic is to help you manage your symptoms and keep you active and healthy.

In addition to providing you with educational information, we can help teach your loved ones about your disease, so they can support you in living the happy, fulfilling life you deserve. We offer expert clinical care and a wide range of information on how to live life with congestive heart failure, including:

Move More and Stay Active

You should make it a priority to stay active through cardiovascular, strength training and flexibility exercises. By doing so, you can:

  • Improve your balance and flexibility
  • Increase energy levels
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reach and stay at a healthy weight
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Strengthen your heart

Keep in mind that it’s normal for you to have a faster heartbeat than normal while you’re exercising. However, if you start to feel dizzy, extremely short of breath, or experience any pain or pressure, you should see a doctor right away.

Low-Sodium Diet for Heart Health

As a patient with heart failure, it is in your best interest to maintain a low-sodium diet to control your symptoms and prevent other heart problems down the road. Limiting the amount of sodium you consume will reduce the amount of extra fluid that surrounds your heart, lungs, and legs so that your heart won’t have to work as hard. Try to fill your diet with foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, fish, and low-sodium cheeses.

Keeping Track of Your Symptoms

Our team will work with you, so you understand which symptoms you should monitor or track on a regular basis. By being aware of the changes in your symptoms, you can better understand why you may need to make additional changes in your lifestyle. By working together with your heart care team, we can adjust medications and treatments as your symptoms change or improve. Our goal is your goal - to live a longer, healthier life.

Request an Appointment with Our Team

If you would like to see one of our heart specialists and improve your life with congestive heart failure, please call Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care at 706-664-0584.