Heart Failure

Heart Failure, also known as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. It is often a long-term (chronic) condition but may also develop suddenly and requires long-term care and monitoring. It's a condition with varying causes, and because it can develop quickly early detection is key.

Amelia Heart & Vascular Center caters to patients with a confirmed diagnosis of chronic heart failure caused by a heart attack or long-term health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. We are here to help you manage your heart failure, restore you to health, and have you living life to the fullest. Our goal is to help you feel better while living with heart failure.

Personalized Care for Heart Failure

Although the risk of heart failure does not change as you get older, you are more likely to have heart failure when you are older. The most common symptoms of heart failure are breathlessness, feeling fatigued, and swelling around the ankles.

There are, frequently, specific signs and symptoms of a heart attack that are relatively easy to recognize. These symptoms include:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest. The discomfort lasts for more than a few minutes, or it may go away and come back. The discomfort may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness. Treatments are most effective when they occur in the early stages of chest pain.

Our team is made up of a variety of health care professionals from various disciplines. Using a team approach, we make sure that patients receive appropriate testing and treatment and education about their illness and instructions when they leave the hospital. We work hard to diagnose and treat heart failure as early as possible and provide long-term care that gives our patients the best possible outcomes.

Let us be your partner in heart health

Here at Amelia Heart & Vascular Center, we assess your condition and work with you to determine the next steps. Our team of physicians is committed to preventing cardiovascular problems and treating advanced conditions thoroughly and compassionately. We also provide a wide range of guest services and amenities to our patients and visitors. Contact us at 703-866-3131 to make an appointment with our cardiologists.