Cardiac Symptoms

Heart Failure

Heart Failure

Heart failure is a medical condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood effectively to meet the body’s needs. It is a serious condition that can affect people of all ages, but it is more common among older individuals and those with certain risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition that requires ongoing medical management.

There are two main types of heart failure:

  1. Systolic Heart Failure: In this type, the heart’s left ventricle becomes weakened and is unable to contract effectively during each heartbeat. As a result, the heart has difficulty pumping blood out to the body.
  2. Diastolic Heart Failure: In this type, the heart’s left ventricle becomes stiff and does not relax properly during the filling phase, leading to reduced blood filling and decreased cardiac output.

Common signs and symptoms of heart failure may include:

  • Shortness of breath (especially during physical activity or lying down)
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet (edema)
  • Persistent cough or wheezing
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Sudden weight gain due to fluid retention

Heart failure is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and various diagnostic tests, such as echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), chest X-ray, and blood tests.

Management of heart failure involves a multidisciplinary approach that may include the following:

  1. Lifestyle Modifications: Encouraging patients to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol intake.
  2. Medications: Prescribing medications that help reduce the workload on the heart, improve its pumping ability, and manage symptoms, such as diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), and aldosterone antagonists.
  3. Fluid and Sodium Restriction: Limiting fluid and sodium intake to reduce fluid retention and prevent worsening of symptoms.
  4. Cardiac Rehabilitation: Engaging in supervised exercise programs designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and overall well-being.
  5. Monitoring: Regular monitoring of symptoms, weight, blood pressure, and cardiac function to track the progression of heart failure.
  6. Medical Devices: In advanced cases, certain medical devices like pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) may be recommended to help regulate heart rhythm and improve heart function.
  7. Heart Transplant or Mechanical Support: In severe cases, heart transplantation or mechanical support devices, such as ventricular assist devices (VADs), may be considered.

It’s essential for individuals with heart failure to work closely with their healthcare team, adhere to their treatment plan, and report any changes in symptoms promptly. Early detection and proper management can help improve quality of life and reduce the risk of complications associated with heart failure.

Same-Day Cardiac Care

RCC Cardiac Urgent Care is accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening cardiac symptoms, including:

PLEASE NOTE: that this is NOT a traditional Urgent Care Center treating any and all ailments. Our facility is ONLY for cardiac related symptoms.

At our Penn Cardiology Specialty Network facility, you will will be cared for by our team of cardiac specialists, and receive access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including:

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Test
    • Treadmill Stress Test
    • Stress Echo
    • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Halter Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)
  • Venous Doppler
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Carotid Doppler

We will work with your primary or referring physicians to develop a plan of treatment that is suited to meet your individual needs.

Same Day Vascular Care

We also provide accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening vascular symptoms, including:

  • Leg Pain or a Change in Color
  • Numbness or Loss of Feeling in Arms or Legs
  • Leg Swelling
  • Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Arms and Legs

Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance with Rapid Reporting

As more and more complex procedures are performed in the outpatient and inpatient setting, the risk of perioperative cardiac complication increases. Regional Cardiology Consultants’ dedicated team specializes in providing the accurate and timely pre-op clearance required by patients.

Our services include:

  • Pre-op Consult by Board Certified Cardiologist
  • EKG
  • Other diagnostic testing as needed to clear your patients.

Better yet, all services can be performed in the convenience of our offices. In most cases, we can have a preliminary report for your physician the same day as our consult and a folder containing everything you need to proceed with planned surgery including the transcribed pre-op consult, EKG with interpretation, and any other testing required to be cleared for your procedure.

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