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Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart muscle can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. The heart is too weak or stiff to pump or fill with blood efficiently. Congestive heart failure often develops after other conditions, such as coronary artery disease (narrowed heart arteries) or high blood pressure, have damaged or weakened your heart muscle.
Congestive Heart Failure: What You Need to Know
Congestive heart failure cannot be reversed, but it can be prevented. The key to effective congestive heart failure prevention is to control risk factors and conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
Congestive heart failure is best managed by a group of specialists that include:
- General Cardiologists
- Congestive Heart Failure Specialists
- Interventional Cardiologists
- Cardiac Electrophysiologists
- Cardiothoracic Surgeons
All aspects of cardiac care at the UVM Medical Center are supported by a team of knowledgeable and skilled nurses and other health care practitioners. These caring professionals are instrumental in providing you with the highest quality care available, and the support you need.
We provide internationally known heart failure experts who bring innovative therapies to patients and families every day. Our skilled team of cardiologists offers years of experience in cardiac medicine, and a strong commitment to personalized care to meet your unique needs. Our Heart Failure Program offers comprehensive disease management that is tailored to each patient.
Experienced, Trusted Expertise
The UVM Medical Center is one of nine medical centers selected nationally to participate in the National Institutes of Health Heart Failure Research Network, a clinical research organization performing studies that allow patients to receive advanced treatments free of charge. As a university hospital, patients benefit from this collaborative, coordinated approach to heart care, backed by research-based expertise. We offer inpatient consultation services, and for patients diagnosed and living with heart failure, we offer comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation services and education classes.
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