When your heart is unable to pump enough blood for your body, you have a condition called heart failure. Even if you are feeling okay, heart failure often gets worse before you notice a change or have symptoms.
Visiting a heart failure clinic sooner, can help you understand your options and may prevent permanent damage to your health. They have specialists who only focus on treating heart failure. Working with you and your current care team, they can help you gain access to specialized therapies to treat your condition.
Heart failure is a condition with no known cure that can lead to hospitalization and other serious health problems. When you talk to a heart failure specialist you can be informed on the best treatment options so you can give your heart the attention it needs.
You may be used to having some of these symptoms, but they may not be normal signs of daily life or aging. Seeing a heart failure specialist can help you understand your treatment options and may prevent your symptoms from getting worse.
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Wondering how to explore more options for you or your loved one’s heart failure? Talking with a heart failure specialist at a dedicated heart failure center is a great place to start.
Often part of larger hospitals or medical facilities, heart failure clinics host advanced programs that are specifically focused on treating people who have heart failure. They are staffed with specialists who have additional training and specialized knowledge of the latest technologies and treatments that your regular doctor may not have access to. The availability of these advanced options can make a positive impact on your quality of life.
At a heart failure clinic, there will be doctors and nurses who have advanced training in heart failure and have access to the latest technology. These specialists may sometimes have different titles (such as an Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist), they can help you do more for your heart failure.
The first appointment will be longer (likely about an hour). During your visit, your medical history will be reviewed with you. Your treatment plan, developed specifically for you, will be discussed with you in detail by a heart failure specialist. The plan will focus on managing your heart failure and any symptoms as well as preventing future symptoms. It may include additional testing, adjustments to your medications and evaluation for advanced options.
In addition to speaking with your doctor, some heart failure clinics have support groups for people who have been diagnosed with heart failure and their friends/loved ones. You can also talk with someone who has heart failure like you, to talk about their experience with heart failure.
Abbott does not endorse any of the clinics on this locator, but merely provides them as a courtesy to patients. Nor does Abbott represent that this is a full list of clinics in a particular location. The clinics are included in the locator because they provide implantable device support for Abbott devices; therefore, the directory is not meant to be an endorsement for any particular clinic. Note that Abbott is a medical device manufacturer and cannot provide medical advice.
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