What is Heart Failure?
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 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 2012, Doylestown Hospital achieved the Gold Award through the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure program.
In addition, Doylestown Hospital has been awarded Advanced Heart Failure Certification by The Joint Commission of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
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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