Medical Minute: Congestive Heart Failure

Medical Minute: Congestive Heart Failure

January 5, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


Hello, my name is Laura Small, and I’m a Nurse
Practitioner managing our Congestive Heart Failure Program here at Reliant Medical Group. Congest heart failure is a daunting term. You would think the heart would stop at any
moment. More often, this is a long-standing, chronic
condition, requiring ongoing monitoring and care. Congestive heart failure means there’s a problem
with the heart’s ability to pump blood for normal circulation. There are two main types. One we call systolic dysfunction – that refers
to a weaker than normal pumping function of the heart. That could be caused by coronary artery disease,
heart attack, or other conditions, such as high blood pressure, infection, heart valve
problems, rhythm problems, alcohol or drug abuse, or certain medications. Genetic conditions could also lead to congestive
heart failure. The other main type is called diastolic dysfunction. That means the heart pumping function is normal,
but, there is a problem with relaxation in between beats. In both cases, this can lead to shortness
of breath, weight gain, swelling, or abdominal pain. In our program, we monitor patients, both
by appointments in the office, as well as through telephone checks. We address medications, testing, treatment,
dietary considerations, symptom monitoring, as well as, referral to other specialists
or programs, such as visiting nurses, if appropriate. Although this is a chronic condition, we help
patients and their families manage in the best way possible, and maintain a high quality
of life. Thank you for watching this Medical Minute
on congestive heart failure.