Heart Failure Services

heart-failure.jpg "Heart failure" sounds scary, as if the heart might fail at any second. Actually, those words describe a heart that is not pumping efficiently to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the body's cells.

The focus of the OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute is on improving quality of life for patients with heart failure. Heart failure patients tend to be readmitted to hospitals quite frequently. One of our goals is to keep patients out of hospitals by helping them to understand and monitor their own condition.

Our staff will help patients manage symptoms by adjusting medications to achieve optimal medical therapy. Patient status can be evaluated by the latest in noninvasive monitoring. The OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute also provides patients with referrals for device therapy or transplant (when appropriate). Patient education is a major emphasis because it enables patients to deal with the lifestyle modifications necessary to live with this chronic condition.

Heart failure is an ongoing chronic medical condition requiring careful monitoring and frequent modifications of the medical program. The OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute is staffed by cardiologists and nurse practitioners, assisted by nurses with special training in heart failure who are expert in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

Learn more about heart failure , treatment options and ways to manage the condition. 

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