Services at Banner Baywood Medical Center  

Heart Failure

Man holding chest  

Heart failure is where the heart muscle is enlarged, weak or too stiff causing it to fill with or pump blood abnormally. Most heart failure  patients have an enlarged heart. Heart failure is a life-long chronic condition that can be controlled.

When heart failure is not controlled, there are certain signs to look for:

  • Sudden weight gain (two or more pounds a day)
  • Swollen feet, ankles, legs or abdomen
  • A decrease in the amount of urine but a frequency in urination
  • A dry, hacking cough especially while lying down
  • Shortness of breath, especially with increased activity or when waking up at night
  • Loss of appetite or nausea
  • Extreme fatigue and constantly feeling tired

If you experience any of the above symptoms, please notify your physician immediately.

Lifestyle changes for those with heart failure:

  • Balance rest and activity
  • A low-salt diet
  • Weigh yourself everyday
  • Being aware of recurring symptoms
  • Stop smoking (National Cancer Institute Smoking Quit line 1-877-448-7845)

Treatments for Heart Failure:

  • Medications 
    • Reduces how hard the heart works
    • Rids the body of excess fluid
    • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
    • Increases blood flow to the arteries
    • Relieves chest pain
    • Prevents blood clots
    • Regulates heart rate and rhythm
  • Pacemakers
  • Surgery (optional)

Living with Heart Failure:

Banner Baywood Medical Center
6644 E. Baywood Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 321-2000
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