With heart failure, the heart is unable to pump the right amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to back up in the veins. Depending on which part of the heart is affected most, this can lead to a build up of excess fluid in the lungs, feet and elsewhere.
Heart failure can worsen with time. But symptoms often are relieved or slowed with treatment.
At UVA, we have specially trained heart failure doctors and nurses who work with you and your families to treat and monitor your condition and recommend treatment, which may include
- lifestyle changes like diet and exercise
- implantable devices
We’ll develop a personalized, effective care plan that takes into account any other conditions you may have, like diabetes or kidney disease.