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Heart Failure Treatment Information
IU Health physicians are experts in the treatment of heart failure, including the advanced services below:
- Echocardiogram. This noninvasive test uses sound waves to assess the movement of your heart muscle.
- Chest X-ray. This imaging procedure allows physicians to see if there is fluid in your lungs or enlargement of your heart.
- Electrocardiogram. An electrocardiogram is a noninvasive test that monitors the electrical signals in your heart. It can show if your heart is having difficulty pumping blood.
- B-tyle natriuretic peptide (BNP) blood test. BNP is a hormone that is present in larger amounts in your blood when you have heart failure.
- Education. Our physicians help you make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health and slow heart failure.
- Medicine. By using medicine to control the condition that caused your heart failure, you may be able to slow heart failure. Other medicines allow your body to get rid of extra fluid, ease the work your heart must do to pump blood or increase the strength of the heart muscle that pumps blood.
- Angioplasty. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure in which your physician removes plaque buildup in arteries or places stents to keep arteries open. This makes it easier for your heart to pump blood.
- Heart valve replacement. If your heart cannot pump correctly due to a problem with your heart valve, your physician will replace your heart valve with a mechanical or tissue valve.
- Implantable cardioverter. An invention of IU Health physicians, this leading edge device uses electrical pulses to regulate your heartbeat.
- Biventricular pacing. This new type of pacemaker synchronizes both sides of your heart so that it beats more efficiently.
- Left ventricle assist device (LVAD). This device is implanted into the left side of your heart to pump blood out to the rest of your body. The device may give you long-term relief or be a temporary measure until you receive a heart transplant.
- Heart transplant. IU Health is the only healthcare system in the state of Indiana to offer heart transplants.
Services to help you manage heart failure at home include:
- Education. Understanding the lifestyle factors that affect heart failure is key to controlling this condition. We work with you one-on-one, in person or by telephone, to ensure you have the knowledge to manage heart failure. Our nurses, physical therapists and other professionals talk with you about diet, exercise, medications and other factors that affect your health. We help you in areas such as monitoring your weight, limiting salt intake, getting enough rest and when you should contact your physician. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions.
- Telemonitoring. Special monitoring technology allows us to keep track of your signs and symptoms remotely and detect any developing problems early. We provide equipment called a Telemonitor to take measurements such as weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. The Telemonitoring device also asks questions such as whether you have certain symptoms and whether you have taken your medicine. The information comes to us immediately and we call or visit regularly to discuss your health and address any questions or concerns you may have. We help you address any problems such as sudden weight gain/loss and we report important changes to your physician right away. We also fax a weekly report to your physician so he/she can follow your progress and make any changes needed to your medications.
Heart Failure Locations & Physicians
Heart Failure Support Services
Many online resources host education and support for patients with heart failure. Explore the websites below to learn more:
A Sampling of Heart Failure Support Services
American Heart Association
This website provides information, tools and resources for patients with heart failure.
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
You may be eligible to participate in research on new treatments for heart failure. This site lets you find ongoing clinical trials in Indiana.
National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute
This website features education on the causes, treatments and prevention of heart failure.
This site is dedicated to helping patients experiencing heart failure find the resources and support they need.
Heart Failure Patient Stories
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