What is Aquapherisis Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)?
– If a patient has
recurrent fluid overload, or recurrent congestive heart
failure requiring admission, Westside Regional now has
a new therapy available called Aquapheresis, which is removal of fluid using a peripheral, or a large IV, as an access. It is one of the only local hospitals that has this kind of therapy available. The therapy has been shown to reduce hospital admissions
quite dramatically, and also keep patients out of the hospital for prolonged periods of time. We recently had a patient
admitted to Westside Regional with recurrent congestive heart failure, and massive, what we call fluid overload. The patient had an excess
of 30 pounds of fluid that needed to be removed. On prior occasions the
patient had been admitted to various other hospitals
using intravenous diuretics. The time to bring the patient to an acceptable volume status was approximately seven to ten days. We were able to use the
new Aquapheresis therapy and remove 30 pounds from the patient in approximately three days. When patients have excessive fluid buildup from congestive heart
failure or fluid overload, typically they tend to
have swelling all over. So they tend to get
swelling in their legs, swelling in their
abdomens, in their lungs, and when they get fluid in their lungs, that’s when they become short of breath.