Richmond heart failure program
The heart failure program at Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with individualized treatment plans for their heart failure. Our specialists will help you maximize your quality of life through medication, education for you and your family and more.
Our heart failure program serves any and all heart failure patients, whether your condition is well-controlled or you are in active heart failure. Our experts, including a nurse practitioner and registered nurses are easily accessible by phone or same-day appointments to help you effectively manage your heart failure.
To learn more about our heart failure program, please call (804) 483-2420.
What is heart failure?
Sometimes referred to as congestive heart failure (CHF), heart failure doesn't allow the heart to pump the optimal amount of blood throughout the body. The body needs the heart’s pumping action to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the cells. This causes blood to back up in the veins and lead to a buildup of excess fluid in the lungs, feet and other parts of the body. Heart failure can lead to multiple symptoms, including:
- Chronic fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weight gain
- Swelling in the ankles, feet and legs
Because this condition can worsen over time, our cardiologists are aggressive in treating heart failure as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening. Heart failure also isn’t completely curable but can be well-managed to allow patients to lead a full and enjoyable life.
Heart failure risks
Heart failure can be caused by the following heart- and vascular-related conditions:
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Abnormal heart valves
- A previous heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart abnormalities present at birth (congenital heart disease)
- High blood pressure (hypertension or HBP)
- Severe lung disease
- Sleep apnea
Heart failure treatment
Chippenham customizes patients’ heart failure treatment plans to meet their individual needs. Typical treatment options include:
- Clinical trials
- Device implants, such as:
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)
- Lifestyle changes