The Strong Hearts CHF Clinic is an outpatient clinic that offers a healthier, more convenient way to manage congestive heart failure (CHF). Located on the 2ndfloor of the Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic, the clinic provides intensive individualized management of heart failure patients, especially after hospitalization, through close monitoring of blood work and medication management to improve outcomes. Patients can also receive IV medication when needed for treatment of fluid overload.
Through close individualized medical management and empowering patients and family with the knowledge to make necessary lifestyle changes, the Strong Hearts CHF Clinic works to minimize the acute episodes associated with CHF and improve overall quality of life for every patient.
What is heart failure?
Heart failure is the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands and frequently results in fluid backing up into your lungs, legs, or abdomen causing swelling and shortness of breath.
Signs and symptoms of fluid overload:
- Weight gain of 3 pounds overnight or 5 pounds in a week
- Increased shortness of breath with activity
- Increasing number of pillows or having to sit up to breath comfortably at night
A “fluid sensor” that helps to manage heart failure from the patient’s home before symptoms arise. This allows for more timely management and fewer hospitalizations for heart failure exacerbations (fluid overload). Did you know 1 in 4 heart failure patients will readmit to the hospital within 30 days of discharge? The Arkansas Heart Hospital was the first to implant CardioMEMs in Arkansas and currently has a robust CardioMEMs program.
See the link under resources for more information on the CardioMEMs Heart Failure System.
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