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Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is a condition that includes new or worsening symptoms of heart failure that often lead to hospitalization or an emergency department visit. On this page, we will use ADHF for all acute heart failure syndromes.
There are different types of heart failure and different stages, which help doctors decide how to treat your ADHF. Precise diagnosis of heart failure and customized treatment for your condition are reasons more patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana entrust Norton Heart & Vascular Institute with their heart failure care than any other provider in the area.
Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists and advanced practice providers at the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program has the experience and expertise to diagnose the progress of your heart failure and provide treatments including lifestyle guidance, medication, mechanical circulation devices and evaluation for heart transplants. Our program is a member of the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Affiliate Network. That means that when a heart transplant is needed, our providers work closely with UK HealthCare heart transplant providers to walk each patient through evaluation, testing and the organ transplantation process.
“Heart failure” makes it sound like the heart has stopped working completely, but that’s not really what’s happening. Heart failure means your heart beats, but it cannot pump blood as well at it should. This results in fatigue, shortness of breath and other symptoms. Heart failure is a condition with no cure, but it can be managed with drugs and other treatments. Many people are living with heart failure.
Heart failure can get worse over time, especially if it is not treated properly. Advanced heart failure means the most severe version of the condition.
Acute heart failure means symptoms get worse or develop suddenly. Initially, symptoms are severe. Acute heart failure may follow a heart attack if there has been damage to an area of your heart. It also may be caused by the body suddenly being unable to compensate for chronic heart failure. Sometimes, acute heart failure is severe initially but may last a short time; it does, however, require medical intervention.
Doctors use classifications of heart failure to understand how to best treat you. These classifications are based on how severe your symptoms are and how much you are limited by them.
When something is decompensated in the body, it means there has been a breakdown of a structure (such as an organ or muscle) or system that had been working before. The heart no longer can make up for the failure caused by the breakdown.
If the structure or system is able to continue working, even with the breakdown, it is called compensated heart failure. There are often no symptoms in compensated heart failure.
The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program helps patients protect and recover heart function using leading-edge technology and medication.
For many people, heart failure treatment requires a balance of the right medications, a low-sodium diet and fluid restrictions that can help ease symptoms. Medication can be protective, which means it may help stop further damage to the heart.
Some heart failure medications may include neurohormonal blockade, or other medicines such as:
Your doctor also may want to give your body a chance to recover itself and to prevent further damage. The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program uses active monitoring to see any changes in your heart rate, blood pressure and other symptoms. An example of active monitoring is the CardioMEMS HF System. This permanently implanted device transmits data from your heart when you lie on a special pillow daily. If the readings are outside of set parameters, it alerts the team so they can reach out to make changes as needed before you ever feel symptoms. Everyone’s heart failure looks different — from symptoms and severity to progression and recovery. The team at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers high-quality care from board-certified physicians with expertise and training in heart failure recovery.
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