Living Well With Heart Failure

Barnabas Health Improves Quality of Life

According to the American Heart Association, heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in people over 65 years old. While heart failure can be caused by many things, it is a chronic condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body. People with heart failure have symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, swelling of the feet or legs, tiredness and weight gain.

There are many things a person can do to slow the progress of the disease and control the symptoms. The first step is understanding heart failure and carefully following a proven treatment plan that can protect and improve heart health. A heart failure management program is key to ensuring continuity of care from a medical team that provides medical monitoring, health education and counseling for each patient.

Understanding how diet and activity levels affect their condition gives patients the power to take control of these variables themselves. Patients are also taught to recognize the first signs of dangerous fluid retention and contact their health team to address and reverse the symptoms before they become life threatening. Early, mild symptoms of heart failure can be managed at home – keeping patients healthier, happier and out of the hospital.

A quality heart failure management program includes a team of physicians, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, physical therapists and behavioral health professionals who are improving the quality of life for people with heart failure.

For a referral to a Barnabas Health cardiologist, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit