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Heart Failure Care

Heart and EKGWhen you face heart failure—also known as congestive heart failure or CHF—you want to stay as close to home as possible while receiving advanced treatment that helps you improve your quality of life and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

What’s Heart Failure?

If you have heart failure, your heart muscle doesn’t pump as much blood as your body needs. As a result, you may experience:

  • Fatigue, weakness or dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen legs and ankles (edema)
  • Weight gain

If your heart failure symptoms suddenly get worse, seek emergency care.

High-Quality Heart Failure Care

Turn to Cone Health and Cone Health Medical Group for heart failure care that helps you achieve the best possible outcome. You know you’re getting high-quality care because:

  • Alamance Regional Medical Center and Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital achieved five star-ratings for heart failure care from Healthgrades® (2015–2016).
  • Moses Cone Hospital is recognized as “high performing” in heart failure care by U.S. News & World Report (2016).

Heart Failure Clinics

Get coordinated care from a team focused on helping you live well with heart failure. Count on us to answer your questions, teach you how to monitor your condition and help you stick with your personalized care plan. Find out what you need to know about heart failure clinics at Cone Health.

Alamance Regional Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with heart failure for years, you’ll benefit from care at Alamance Regional’s Congestive Heart Failure Clinic. During clinic appointments with a cardiologist or nurse practitioner (NP), you’ll learn about:

  • Daily weight monitoring
  • Safe medication use
  • Benefits of a low-sodium diet

Advanced Heart Failure Clinic at Moses Cone Hospital

Ask your doctor for a referral to the Advanced Heart Failure Clinic at Moses Cone Heart and Vascular Center if you:

  • Need a seven-day follow-up appointment after being discharged from the hospital with a primary diagnosis of heart failure
  • Have heart failure that recently progressed to an advanced stage
  • May be a candidate for a ventricular assist device (VAD) or a heart transplant
  • Have pulmonary hypertension
  • Would benefit from heart failure education and close follow-up care

You’ll appreciate the ease of seeing multiple providers in a single visit, including:

  • Nurse navigator who will be your guide and care coordinator through the experience.
  • Cardiologist with board certification in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Clinical social workers

Depend on our dedicated heart failure nurse navigator to help coordinate your care and connect you with support resources.

Your Heart Failure Care Plan

Work with your care team to take control of your heart failure symptoms so you can continue to lead an active life and prevent your condition from getting worse. Depending your needs, your care plan may include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as adapting to a low-sodium diet, establishing an exercise routine and quitting smoking
  • Daily weight and symptom monitoring
  • Medications
  • Pre-heart-transplant evaluation and care
  • Heart surgery
    • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) – Helps your heart pump blood
    • Coronary bypass graft (CABG) – Improves blood flow to your heart
    • Heart valve repair or replacement – Improves blood flow through the heart
    • Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement – Helps regulate your heartbeat
    • Palliative care to ease your symptoms during any stage of treatment