Heart Failure - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition that means the heart isn't able to pump enough blood for your body’s needs. The heart muscle does not pump as strongly as it should. This causes the fluid from the blood to back up into the lungs or other parts of your body such as the ankles, legs and the abdomen. A diagnosis of heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped working. It does mean the heart is muscle has weakened over time.

At first, the heart tries to keep up its with its workload by getting larger. The chambers stretch out so they can contract more strongly and pump more blood. The heart develops more muscle mass because the contracting cells get bigger and the heart is able to pump more strongly, for a while. Blood vessels get narrower to keep blood pressure up. The body diverts blood from less important tissues and organs so it can maintain blood flow to the heart and brain.

The Heart Failure Management Program at CHI Health provides outpatient treatment and education to help chronic heart failure patients live longer, more rewarding lives. Intravenous therapy, monitoring and education are done in an outpatient setting to avoid hospitalization and decrease overall treatment costs. A multidisciplinary team, consisting of a physician, nurse, pharmacist, dietitian and others, participates in the care and support of the patient to obtain optimal therapy outcomes.

Patients can be confident that no matter which CHI Health hospital they choose, they will receive the same high standard of care for heart failure.