Heart Failure Clinic
Help When You Need It
The heart failure clinic at Brookhaven Heart offers the care you need for serious and immediate issues. Our physicians use x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, stress tests and other diagnostic methods to identify congestive heart failure and offer comprehensive, effective treatment at our state-of-the-art heart failure clinic.
What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Contrary to common belief, congestive heart failure (CHF) does not mean that the heart stops beating entirely. In patients suffering from CHF, the heart grows too weak to pump effectively, leading to slower blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. The slowdown in blood movement raises the pressure within the heart.
If CHF goes untreated, the kidneys start to retain salt and water, causing fluid to build up in the extremities and other organs. The condition’s name, congestive heart failure, derives directly from the congestion resulting from limited blood flow and fluid buildup.
Symptoms of CHF
Any damage to the heart can trigger CHF. If you suspect you might have CHF, we encourage you to seek professional help at a heart failure clinic as soon as possible. Visible symptoms of CHF include:
- Shortness of breath upon exertion
- A dry cough, wheezing or hacking
- Swelling in the abdomen, legs, and ankles
- Lightheadedness or fatigue
- Irregular heartbeat
Fluid buildup in the abdomen as a result of CHF can also cause nausea or an increased need to urinate at night.
Heart Failure Treatments
Brookhaven Heart offers the latest in heart failure treatments, tailored to each patient’s needs. Our physicians can often help patients with early-stage heart failure control their condition with medication and lifestyle adjustments. For those with advanced heart failure, we offer more intensive therapy, such as stenting or bypass surgery.
Is heart failure just a normal consequence of getting old?
While it’s true that many people do suffer from heart failure or heart disease, it isn’t true that heart failure is a normal consequence of getting old. Heart failure isn’t an inevitable part of the aging process; it’s a byproduct of a variety of medical conditions that damage the heart muscle.
While heart failure isn’t a natural consequence of the aging process, it is a serious condition that should be treated as such. Here at Brookhaven Heart, we offer the care and support that heart failure victims need – our superior physician team provides treatments that are truly world-class.
Will I need to take medicines for the rest of my life?
It’s likely that you may need to take medicines for the duration of your life, yes. However, this entirely depends on your specific condition, any preexisting medical conditions, and your doctor’s treatment plan.
Your physician may prescribe to you any variety of heart failure-specific medications. Regardless, it’s important that you speak with your doctor at length about any questions you may have concerning your exact medication – you should feel 100% comfortable with the medication you’ve been prescribed. This is instrumental in shaping your road to recovery.
If you have questions about which medicines are right for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Brookhaven Heart team!
How do I avoid triggers for sudden heart failure?
It’s certainly possible that sudden heart failure can be prevented or stalled by avoiding certain triggers. A variety of triggers can cause heart failure; here are just a few of them:
- Over-exercising, or exercising when you shouldn’t be. If you find yourself constantly out of breath or dizzy during exercise, this could be a sign that you should decrease your exercise activity.
- Eating too much sodium. You should be aware of how much sodium is included in your daily diet and beverage intake – it can be easy to overdose on sodium, which could spell heart failure.
- Not taking your medicines. If you’ve been prescribed mandatory medications by your doctor, it’s important to take them, or you may risk heart failure.
Will natural remedies or nutritional supplements help my heart failure?
Congestive heart failure usually results from a weak, energy-starved heart losing its ability to efficiently pump blood throughout the body. Unfortunately, 30,000 deaths are caused annually due to heart failure. Many patients turn to natural remedies or nutritional supplements in an effort to heal their failing heart and treat their problems. Believe it or not, some supplements available on the market have been known to boost the heart’s functionality. For example, the hawthorn berry works wonders for those who suffer from sensitivity to digoxin. The berry increases the action of digoxin, making it possible to decrease the dose, lessen the side effects, and make it more effective for the patient’s health. The berry’s extracts contain flavonoids that increase the force of contraction in the heart.
The most natural method of all, however, is to take care of your body in the best way possible. Regular activity, proper diet, and allowing your heart to remain open to the world around you do work wonders.
What are the treatment options for heart failure?
Patients suffering from heart failure should be happy to know that plenty of different treatments are available. Your doctor may suggest beginning treatment with medication and some changes to your overall lifestyle. Important medications for treating heart failure include digoxin, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and heart pump medication. Should this fail to help, surgery may be required. Bypass surgery routes blood around the blocked arteries; heart valve surgery will direct the flow of blood through the heart, repairing and replacing valves along the way; and infarct exclusion surgery will remove an aneurysm formed from a heart attack in the left ventricle. Your doctor will discuss the possibilities with you and determine which treatment may work the best for your needs.
Visit our Heart Failure Clinic
Let the Brookhaven Heart team help you manage your heart health. Contact us today at:
Patchogue: (631) 654-3278
New Hyde Park: (631) 654-3278
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