Treating and Reversing Heart Failure
Fact: The term "heart failure" doesn't mean that someone's heart has stopped. In actuality, it means that the heart is beating, but not pumping enough blood through the body. Untreated, it can lead to heart attacks or heart disease.
Symptoms of heart disease are often dismissed as other less-threatening conditions. In reality, these symptoms could be alerting you to a more serious condition. Common symptoms of heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet
- Rapid/irregular heartbeat
- Reduced ability to exercise
- Persistent cough or wheezing
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Sudden weight gain
- Lack of appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased alertness
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is committed to educating patients on how they can recognize and prevent heart failure. We monitor and stay connected with patients to pick up on cardiovascular symptoms in their early stages.
Best of all, heart failure isn't just treatable — it's also reversible. When it comes to treating heart failure, medication is just one of the many solutions at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, along with special devices, defibrillators, pacemakers and more. Should a relapse occur, we can help control and prevent the disease from advancing further.