Treating Heart Failure
When you’re treated for heart failure at Providence, your cardiac care team provides expert treatment to improve your health, lower your risk of future complications and get you feeling better. We work with you to create a personalized care plan that includes everything from diagnosis and monitoring to the post-care support you need to feel your best. The result is compassionate, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.
Why Choose Us for Heart Failure Care?
At Providence, we see the life in you. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.
More About Heart Failure
Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart doesn’t pump blood to the rest of the body as well as it should. The heart tries to compensate by pumping more quickly or enlarging, but it can’t keep up. Eventually the heart weakens, possibly damaging other organs as a result. Oftentimes, fluid then builds up behind the heart, leading to fluid in the lungs and/or other parts of the body. There are four degrees of heart failure, and it may get worse over time. The expert cardiac teams at Providence use the most effective therapies to treat patients with every type of heart failure, including advanced heart failure.
Testing and Diagnostics
Your heart care team uses many different methods to find out which therapies work best for you. They look at your symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health. They also use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate your condition. Depending on your case, this may include one or more of the following:
- Blood test
- Chest X-ray
- Diagnostic heart catheterization
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
- Exercise stress test/treadmill stress test
- MRI (cardiac)
- Nuclear stress test/myocardial perfusion imaging
- PET scan
- Pharmacological stress test
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
Personalized Treatment for Heart Failure
We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to design an individualized treatment plan based specifically on your heart condition and your personal needs. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your recovery and long-term heart health.
Your care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Heart transplant
- Heart valve repair, replacement or valvuloplasty
- Implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD)
- Prescription medications
- Total artificial heart (TAH)/mechanical heart
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair
- Ventricular assist devices (LVAD, RVAD, VAD)
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Learn How Our Doctors Are Impacting Patients
When end-stage heart failure sent our patient Greg Soumokil to Providence, he didn’t have time to wait for a heart transplant. His Providence care team implanted a SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, a technology so innovative that fewer than 20 patients nationwide had one at the time. Greg was able to return home while he waited for a transplant.
Josefa Rivera was a young mother when she went into heart failure. She was transferred mid-surgery to a Providence hospital for a higher level of care. Her advanced treatment at Providence meant she was able to return home to her toddler a few weeks later.
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