Congestive Heart Failure

With congestive heart failure (CHF), the heart is unable to pump the necessary amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to “back-up: in the veins. Fluid pools in the liver and lungs. Swelling occurs first in the feet, ankles and legs. Then the swelling occurs throughout the body as the kidneys begin to retain fluid. Symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

    • Abdominal pain and tenderness
    • Cough
    • Fatigue, weakness
    • Frequent urination, especially at night
    • Need to sleep propped up
    • Shortness of breath
    • Swelling of feet ankles or legs
    • Unexplained weight gain
    • Wheezing 

Living with a chronic—and sometimes debilitating—heart condition is challenging. Our Heart Center was designed to reduce the need for emergency room visits and hospitalizations and help manage those challenges.

Diagnosis & Testing

Your highly specialized team of physicians at Lakeview Regional Medical Center will ask you about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. They may prescribe diagnostic tests such as:


Lakeview Regional Medical Center is committed to providing, life-saving technology for patients by investing in advanced medical and surgical equipment. Lakeview Regional recently installed the Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed Magnetic Resonance Imaging System into its broad spectrum of diagnostic tools. This is the first Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed System from GE Healthcare in the state of Louisiana and is one of only three systems in the southeastern United States. It boosts speed and resolution beyond the limits of conventional MRI scanners while providing high levels of magnetic field homogeneity and stability.

In addition to the Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed system, Lakeview Regional Medical Center utilizes a variety of high-tech diagnostic tools, including the Innova 3131Q digital flat panel biplane imaging system: an advanced cath lab imaging system that enables doctors to see extremely detailed, real-time images of patient anatomy during procedures that require exact precision, and LightSpeed VCT (Volume Computer Tomography), a revolutionary system more commonly known as 64-Slice, which provides highly detailed images of the human body, and produces up to 53% less radiation dose as compared to conventional electron beam CT scanners.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center also offers three full-service cardiovascular interventional catherization labs available 24 hours per day.

Current technology in use today:

Recovery & Rehabilitation


While in the hospital, heart patients may be cared for in our intensive care or telemetry units. Lakeview Regional Medical Center provides a close nurse-to-patient ratio in a quiet setting where you will be constantly monitored wirelessly in the privacy of your room or while walking in the hall. Our patients and their families love the personalized care they receive from our nursing staff. The waiting area offers comfort and support for our patients’ families while staying in the ICU.