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Meet Our Cardiologists
Heart Failure Causes and Symptoms
Joint Commission
Activity Level and Restrictions
Reading Food Nutrition Labels
Diet Tips
Controling Fluid Intake
Daily Weight
Heart Failure Medications
Home Care for Heart Patients
Testing for Heart Failure
Guidelines for Sexual Activity
Smoking Cessation
Heart Failure Support Group Meetings

Heart Failure

What is Heart Failure?

The Heart Failure Program at Doylestown Hospital - Serving the Bucks and Montgomery County Area

Heart failure is a major health problem in Bucks County, and in the United States.

While the term may sound frightening, heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped, or failed entirely. Chronic heart failure occurs when the heart becomes weakened and is no longer strong enough to pump blood effectively. A weak heart causes fluid to back up into the lungs. Other heart failure symptoms include shortness of breath, weight gain and fatigue. Heart failure patients may also notice swelling in the ankles, legs and abdomen.

Nearly 5.7 million Americans have symptoms of heart failure, and more than 1 million people are hospitalized for it each year. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalizations for people older than 65.

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Heart Institute Awarded Heart Failure Certification

Doylestown Hospital was awarded the Advanced Heart Failure Certification Doylestown Hospital is committed to providing extensive care to patients with all types of heart disease.

Doylestown Hospital participates in the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) program. Strategies employed in this program lowered 30-day mortality rates and readmissions in heart failure patients. In 2014, Doylestown Hospital received the Gold Plus Award for the fourth consecutive year from the American Heart Association.

In addition, Doylestown Hospital has been awarded Heart Failure Certification by The Joint Commission.

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Managing Heart Failure

Today, thousands of people are living and even thriving with heart failure. When patients with heart failure take an active role in their own treatment, they help themselves feel better and enjoy a better quality of life.

For example, strictly following heart failure medications can reduce symptoms and keep patients out of the hospital. Patients can also ease heart failure symptoms by following a healthy, low-sodium diet and avoiding alcohol and tobacco.

Patients with heart failure are encouraged to get plenty of rest and also do gentle exercise every day, such as walking and yoga. Heart failure patients should also weigh themselves daily to record any sudden increases in weight, which could be a sign of fluid retention.

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