Learn more about heart disease, diagnosis and treatment at Seton's Cardiac Resource Center on GoodHealth.com.
Heart Failure is a disease that can be managed. Patients’ needs are addressed through an array of services including education, counseling, dietary recommendations, and clinic visits, and involve the patient’s family every step of the way. The Clinic’s goal is to minimize symptoms, reduce hospital and Emergency Room visits and help patients get the most out of life.
When to Call the Doctor
Extreme Emergency - call 911:
If you have sudden, severe symptoms such as chest pain or severe shortness of breath, you may need to go to the Emergency Room.
Urgent – call the Heart Failure Clinic:
- Sudden weight gain (2-5 pounds in 2-4 days). Keep a daily log of your weights so you can follow trends.
- Swelling of the abdomen or ankles
- Worsening shortness of breath
- You are not comfortable sleeping flat in bed at night, or you wake up because of shortness of breath
- Worsening cough
- Persistent new onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Worsening dizziness or new onset of spells of sudden dizziness
- New onset of profound fatigue with exertion