Heart Failure Clinic
Pikeville Medical Center offers a special clinic to help those suffering from heart failure learn more about their disease and they strive to educate those patients who are referred to the clinic.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) develops when the heart cannot pump adequate amounts of blood for the body’s needs. The heart tries to compensate and work harder by dilating (enlargement of the heart chambers), by becoming hypertrophic (thickening of the heart walls), or by beating faster.
CHF is more of a symptom of the underlying disease, it’s anybody who becomes symptomatic, where their heart is not pumping adequately.
Signs and symptoms of heart failure:Shortness of breath, particularly with physical activity or when lying down
- Fatigue and weakness
- Inability to perform simple exercise (such as grocery shopping or climbing a few stairs)
- Palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
- Ankle or foot swelling
- Abdominal swelling from excess fluid
- Swollen jugular veins in the neck
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Patients should ask their family physician about further testing and making a referral to the clinic. For more information on the PMC Heart Failure Clinic phone 606-218-4818.
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