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Heart Failure

Heart One Associates

Board Certified Cardiologist, Vein Specialist, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Structural Heart Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ & Peoria, AZ & Buckeye, AZ

When you have congestive heart failure (CHF), you need a knowledgeable and trustworthy team of cardiology experts to oversee your ongoing care. Heart One Associates offers advanced treatment and monitoring for heart failure in three convenient West Valley locations in Peoria, Buckeye, and Phoenix, Arizona. For quality cardiology care and heart failure management, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Heart Failure Q & A

What is heart failure?

Congestive heart failure (CHF) or heart failure (HF) is a chronic condition that occurs when your heart muscle can't pump blood to your body effectively. Your heart muscle may not be able to get blood to the lungs to capture oxygen or deliver oxygenated blood to the body or both. Fluid builds up in the lungs and overloads the heart, which makes the heart progressively weaker over time. 

HF happens when an event or condition causes your heart muscle to stiffen or weaken significantly. Nearly 70% of HF cases result from coronary artery disease (CAD), which causes diminished blood flow to the heart muscle. High blood pressure or hypertension places abnormal amounts of stress on the heart muscle, making it thick, sluggish, and stiff. 

Conditions such as heart attack, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, cardiomyopathy, structural and valvular heart disease, and heart rhythm disorders can also lead to HF. 

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

If you have heart failure, you likely experience a gradual progression and worsening of symptoms such as: 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the extremities, especially the legs
  • Fluid in the lungs and belly 
  • Persistent coughing
  • Blood-tinged sputum
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Irregular heart rhythm 
  • Loss of memory or confusion 

HF is a long-term illness that requires ongoing monitoring and expert management. They help slow the progression of your condition and offer advanced heart failure management when your symptoms worsen. 

What are the treatments for heart failure?

The Heart One Associates team develops a personalized treatment plan that focuses on supporting lifestyle changes, treating underlying conditions, close monitoring, and symptom management. 

They offer the latest technology in HF diagnostics, monitoring, and treatments. They may utilize an echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), or multi-acquisition gated scan (MUGA). Each of these tests gives your provider a detailed look at your heart muscle's movement, function, and progressive changes. 

They may recommend the CardioMEMS™ HF remote monitoring system to monitor signs of disease progression. Ongoing treatments may include medications, dietary changes, an implantable biventricular pacemaker, ventricular assist device (VAD), or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).

If you have heart failure, call or schedule an appointment online today with Heart One Associates for comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management.