Advanced Heart Failure
DMC Medical Group helps you navigate complex cardiac issues including advanced heart failure. Feel confident that you have a proficient medical team on your side to guide you through your diagnosis and outline all of your treatment options. You and your family play an integral role in the decision-making process during your journey. We invite you to reach out to us for an appointment so that we can address your concerns and answer any questions.
Understanding Advanced Heart Failure
The heart is responsible for pumping blood that supplies oxygen throughout the entire body. Heart failure indicates that the heart is not pumping blood the way it should. This chronic condition worsens over time, featuring four stages – A, B, C, & D – with D being the most advanced.
Symptoms of advanced heart failure include:
- Shortness of Breath – Perhaps Even at Rest
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Heart Palpitations
- Loss of Appetite
- Frequent Bathroom Visits
With a heart failure diagnosis, we encourage you to be proactive about the health of your heart by:
- Being physically active
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Adopting a low-sodium, heart-healthy diet
- Taking medications as instructed
- Tracking your symptoms
- Continuing with regular checkups
Treating Advanced Heart Failure
Reaching advanced heart failure means that the previous treatments and medications you relied upon are no longer effective. From here, it is necessary to have a difficult but necessary conversation about what your goals are for treatment. Your preferences are central for determining the best plan. You may need to weigh the importance of length of life and quality of life. As your dedicated medical team, we will provide you with digestible information so that you can consider all of your choices and be made aware of the potential outcomes. Fortunately, there are more options than ever to help treat advanced heart failure including medications, therapies, and surgery.
Contact Our Office
Embark on your medical journey with DMC Medical Group in your corner. We want to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible placing your confidence in our guidance. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with a member of our compassionate staff.