Do More for Your Heart Failure

Like a tire, your heart needs special care and attention to function properly, allowing you to do the things you love. Even if you are already taking medication for heart failure, there may be more you can do to help your heart today.

Heart Failure is Serious

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 heart failure.

3 out of 4 people hospitalized with heart failure may die in 5 years.


Talking to a Specialist Could Save Your Life

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.

Heart failure is the most frequent cause of hospitalization for Americans 65 and older2

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Most people are not on the right medical treatment for their heart failure.3

Almost 400,000 people die each year from heart failure in the US.4

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Find a Heart Failure Clinic

Heart failure specialists have additional, extensive training to fully treat patients like you. It's vital to your continued health that you find a clinic specifically dedicated to helping people with heart failure. Enter your zip code to find a heart failure clinic near you.

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Common Symptoms of Heart Failure5

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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Shortness of Breath

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Decreased Energy

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Swelling of Feet / Ankles / Legs

A person who is dizzy

Lightheadedness
 

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Faster Heart Rate

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Frequent Coughing

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Nausea

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Weight Gain


Talk with Someone Who Has Heart Failure

Speak with someone one-on-one to learn about their experience living with heart failure.

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Preparing for Your Visit with a Heart Failure Specialist

Asking questions is important during your visit. Download and print these questions to take with you on your next visit.

  • How serious is my heart failure?
  • Can my heart failure get worse even if I am taking medication?
  • What can I do to help stop my heart failure from getting worse so I can maintain a good quality of life?
  • If my heart failure gets worse, what therapies and treatment options are available besides medications?
  • Where can I get more information about heart failure prevention and treatment?
  • How do you track the progress of my heart failure?
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If you’re looking for more support, community, or useful resources, there are plenty of things you can do now. Sign up to learn more about this condition or chat with someone who has heart failure just like you.

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Talk With Someone Like You 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is a heart failure clinic?

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.

What’s the difference between a heart failure specialist and a cardiologist?

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.

What can I expect as a new patient of a heart failure clinic?

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.

What can I do if I still have questions?

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.

How should I prepare for my visit with a heart failure specialist?

  • Work with your heart failure clinic to understand if you need to call your current doctor to request records.
  • Bring a notebook or sheet to take notes.
  • Download, print and review the discussion guide so you are prepared for your visit.
  • For additional support, ask a friend or family member to attend the appointment with you.

Additional Information

Clinics are listed in order of geographic proximity from the information entered in the locator. Abbott does not endorse any of the clinics on this locator, but merely provides them as a courtesy. Nor does Abbott represent that this is a full list of clinics in a particular location. Though Abbott attempts to regularly update the locator, the locator may not have the latest information regarding the clinic or provider, or availability of product.

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References

  1. Morris, A, Shah KS, Enciso JS, et al. The Impacts of Health Care Disparities on Patients with Heart Failure. J Card Fail. 2022 Jul;28(7):1169-1184.
  2. Azad N, Lemay G. Management of chronic heart failure in the older population. J Geriatr Cardiol. 2014 Dec;11(4):329-37. doi: 10.11909/j.issn.1671-5411.2014.04.008. PMID: 25593582; PMCID: PMC4292097.
  3. Lindenfeld J, Zile MR, Desai AS, et al. Haemodynamic-guided management of heart failure (GUIDE-HF): a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. 2021;398:991-1001.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed January 20, 2023. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/heart_failure.htm.
  5. Warning signs of heart failure. American Heart Association website. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-failure/warning-signs-of-heart-failure. Accessed March 1, 2021.

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