WOMEN & ADVANCED HEART FAILURE
For questions about women and congestive heart failure call the Center for Advanced Medicine at 812-473-2642.
FACT: Good cardiac treatment can result in good outcomes.
Heart failure is a condition that often causes swelling in lungs, abdomen, legs and feet. Besides swelling, shortness of breath and fatigue are key symptoms of heart failure. Diseases like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes can damage the heart and cause heart failure.
When your heart can’t pump blood properly throughout the body, eventually the heart grows weaker.
- Right-side heart failure means the heart isn’t pumping the blood to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen.
- Left-side heart failure happens when the heart can’t pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.
- Some women have both right- and left-side heart failure.
The Women’s Heart Program works closely with the St. Vincent Evansville Heart Failure Clinic to diagnose, treat and manage heart failure. Women who have heart failure are living longer, more active lives, but it is important to diagnose this condition early and to follow your personalized treatment plan.
For many patients, an effective medication management program, a low-sodium heart healthy diet and daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight can improve your quality of life. If advanced surgical interventions, including ventricular assist devices or heart transplantation are needed, St. Vincent provides comprehensive cardiovascular services.