Heart failure program in Richmond, Virginia

The Heart Center at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Heart Failure treatment by Healthgrades. Providing compassionate care for patients in Richmond with heart failure is just one of the many facets of our comprehensive cardiology services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

Call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at(804) 320-3627 to learn more about our heart failure program.

What is heart failure?

"Heart failure" sounds like a scary term, but what does it really mean? In reality, heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure (CHF), means that your heart is no longer able to work as hard as it used to. This doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped working, just that it is unable to pump blood at the rate and amount that it normally does.

In addition to impacting your heart, CHF can also affect your lungs, kidneys and liver, causing complications such as pulmonary edema, kidney disease and liver damage.

At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our cardiologists are here to treat your symptoms of CHF and help you manage and live with your condition.

Symptoms of congestive heart failure

Many people may be unaware of the signs of heart failure, the following are symptoms commonly associated with a CHF diagnosis:

  • Reduced ability to be active and exercise
  • Shortness of breath
  • Edema (swelling) in the lower extremities
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cough
  • Pain in the chest
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Screening for congestive heart failure

If you identify with any of the symptoms above or have risk factors for heart disease, we recommend you undergo heart diagnostic testing to determine if heart failure is present. Heart failure is a chronic disease, meaning once you've been diagnosed, you will have to manage those symptoms for the rest of your life. An early diagnosis—and following the treatment plan recommended by your cardiologist—is the best way to prevent heart failure from worsening.

Treatment for heart failure

Your heart-failure treatment plan will depend on how far your condition has advanced. Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, exercising regularly and sticking to a healthy diet will always be part of your course of care. If needed, your cardiologist may add medication(s) to your treatment.

If you're determined to have advanced-stage heart failure, you will most likely need cardiovascular surgery. Surgical procedures offered to treat CHF include:

  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator (lCD)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)

Care Assure Program

Our care for patients with heart failure doesn’t end when they are diagnosed, treated or discharged from our hospital. Through our Care Assure Program, we follow up with CHF patients in Richmond to make sure our patients receive the care they need following their hospital visits. Our goal is to help patients successfully manage congestive heart failure and its symptoms during the transition from the hospital to life out in the real world.