Welcome to the Heart Failure Clinic
Heart failure occurs when your heart fails to pump blood properly. This results in a multitude of symptoms including shortness of breath, swelling in your legs and/or abdomen, congestion of the lungs, and increased fatigue.
At the Heart Failure Clinic we work to your improve your quality of life by helping you manage your symptoms of heart failure. We educate you about the condition and the ways it can be controlled. Our primary objective is to reduce the number of unnecessary visits to the emergency room, prevent hospitalizations, and help you to live a full and productive life.
Our team of health care professionals helps with:
- Education and support
- Managing symptoms of heart failure
- Managing medications
- Assistance with decreasing cholesterol, decreasing blood pressure and improving diet
How the Clinic Works
During your time at the clinic you will learn the signs and symptoms of heart failure and how to deal with them. The staff, which includes a dietician and exercise physiologists, will help you understand the role diet and exercise can play in improving your health.
Your initial visit will last for approximately 90 minutes and includes:
- Baseline data collection (history and physical)
- Weight recording
- A 6-minute walk test to check for endurance and activity tolerance
- Time to make sure your questions are answered
We encourage patients to have a loved one accompany him/her to this initial visit for support. Loved ones are more than welcome to attend each visit if necessary.
After your initial visit, typical visits will last about 30 minutes and include:
- Weight recording
- Medication adjustments
- Symptom assessments
To best serve you, a team member is only a phone call away. Our Heart Failure Clinic team consists of:
- Medical director
- Nurse practitioner
- Exercise physiologist
- Experienced office staff
Contact the Heart Failure Clinic
The Heart Failure Clinic is located in the Mercy Heart Center at the corner of Sherman and Roberts, and can be reached by calling 231-672-6943.