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 physician at Lakeview Regional Medical Center will prescribe diagnostic tests right away to see if you are having congestive heart failure. He may prescribe diagnostic tests such as:

Technology

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is committed to providing cutting edge, life saving technology for both patients and physicians by investing in the most advanced medical and surgical equipment available. Lakeview Regional recently installed the Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed Magnetic Resonance Imaging system into its broad spectrum of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. The Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed system from GE Healthcare is the first system in the state of Louisiana and is one of only three in the entire Southeast. 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 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 is use today:

Procedures & Treatments

Congestive heart failure may be caused by another condition. Treating the underlying condition may improve or cure your congestive heart failure. Lifestyle changes are an important aspect of recovering from CHF, and some of these include:

  • Avoid alcohol
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Lose weight if necessary
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Ask your doctor about restricting fluids
  • Begin an exercise program
  • Weigh yourself every morning so you can detect fluid retention

Other treatments include:

                       
Learn more about the procedures for and treatment of congestive heart failure

Recovery & Rehabilitation

Inpatient
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 private, 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 privacy, comfort and support for our patients’ families while staying in the ICU.

Outpatient
The accredited cardiac rehabilitation program at Lakeview Regional  Medical Center is a medically supervised exercise program designed to improve cardiovascular health for people who have or are at high risk for heart disease. Patients enrolled in this program are given tailored support and guidance in achieving cardiovascular fitness through exercise and nutrition. In addition to setting individual exercise plans, the cardiac rehabilitation program staff provides counseling and continuing education to help patients control or eliminate cardiac risk factors and make a lifetime commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle outside of the hospital.