OVERVIEW | SYMPTOMS | DIAGNOSIS | TREATMENT
Heart failure – also known as congestive heart failure (CHF) – occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. This makes the heart work harder, which eventually leads to the symptoms of heart failure. Approximately 5.7 million Americans have heart failure. Every year there are 670,000 new cases of heart failure.
Why Choose St. Luke’s for Heart Failure Treatment?
- Accredited Heart Failure Institute. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is the first hospital in Texas to become accredited as a Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The accreditation is based on proficiency in managing heart failure, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life.
- Stem cell therapy. Texas Heart® Institute is actively recruiting patients for FDA-approved clinical studies investigating the use of adult stem cells in treating heart failure.
- Specialists in heart failure. Physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who specialize in helping people live quality lives through outpatient management of their heart failure coordinate our Heart Failure Program.
The team works with each person to:
- Set realistic goals
- Provide personalized and group education for patients and their families
- Schedule regular clinic visits
- Arrange for regular telephone monitoring to help prevent major health problems and hospitalization
Patients and their families experience significant benefits from participating in our Heart Failure Program, including:
- The opportunity to participate with the team in developing a treatment plan
- The assurance that everything possible is being done and that promising alternatives on the leading edge of medical science are being explored
- An enhanced capacity for life as a result of treatment and support. Patients are given regular instructions and are informed of any changes in their health.
Common Causes of Congestive Heart Failure
- Coronary artery disease (blockage of the arteries)
- Damage after a heart attack
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Heart valve problems
- Chronic rapid or irregular heart beat
See also on Texas Heart® Institute website:
Heart Failure Program
Located at the Heart and Lung Treatment and Transplant Center
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
1101 Bates, Suite C350
Take Green Elevators to 3rd Floor
More information: (832) 355-3961
Schedule an appointment: (832) 355-9021