Congestive Heart Failure

Pinnacle Health Group

Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

Nearly 6 million adults in the United States have congestive heart failure, which is when your heart can’t pump the blood through your body as it should. The highly skilled experts at Pinnacle Health Group in Tampa, Florida, specialize in the medical management of congestive heart failure and can provide the targeted care you need to manage heart health so you can continue to live a full and productive life. To schedule an appointment with the cardiac experts, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Congestive Heart Failure Q & A

What is congestive heart failure?

Also referred to as heart failure, congestive heart failure is a serious health condition in which your heart can no longer pump enough oxygenated blood throughout your body. Certain chronic health conditions, such as hypertension or coronary artery disease, cause your heart muscle to weaken or become stiff, affecting its ability to efficiently pump your blood.  

What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Your symptoms of congestive heart failure may develop suddenly or be a chronic problem. Common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Swelling in your ankles or legs
  • Lack of appetite or nausea
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Increase in urination
  • Rapid weight gain due to fluid retention

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, the experienced team at Pinnacle Health Group can conduct an evaluation to determine if it’s due to your heart and provide the most appropriate treatment.

How is congestive heart failure diagnosed?

Your Pinnacle Health Group provider conducts a comprehensive examination to determine if your symptoms are due to heart failure. During your examination, your practitioner reviews your symptoms and medical history and then performs a physical exam.

Your provider may recommend additional testing to further assess heart health, such as an electrocardiogram, blood tests, or a chest X-ray. Based on the results of your exam and tests, your provider develops a treatment plan to help you manage your congestive heart failure.

What treatments can improve heart health?

Congestive heart failure is a chronic medical condition that requires ongoing treatment and care. The team at Pinnacle Health Group develops a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your congestive heart failure and ensure you live a long, healthy life.

Your treatment may include:

  • Medications: diuretics, beta blockers, or aldosterone agonists
  • Devices: ventricular assist device
  • Surgery: heart valve repair or coronary bypass surgery

Your provider at Pinnacle Health Group works closely with you to develop the most effective treatment plan.

Congestive heart failure is a serious health condition, but can be successfully managed with the right treatment. For expert care for all your heart needs, call Pinnacle Health Group today or book an appointment online.