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Heart failure

Heart failure

Heart failure is a chronic illness. Learning how to manage this condition is crucial to living the life you love, minimizing your symptoms, and preventing unnecessary hospital admissions.

 

What is heart failure

Even though it may sound like it, heart failure does not necessarily mean that the heart has failed. It is not a heart attack. Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood well throughout the body. It is usually considered a long-term disease that can be controlled.

The main symptom is extreme tiredness. Not enough blood is pumped from the heart to the muscles. The body diverts blood away from less vital organs and muscles to focus on supplying the heart and brain.

Heart failure may affect the left, right or both sides of the heart. If the left half of the heart is weak, fluid will build up in the lungs due to congestion of the lungs' veins. If the right half of the heart is weak, general body and vein pressure will increase, and fluid will accumulate in the body, especially tissues in the leg and stomach areas.

The oxygen and nutrients in the blood provide the body with the energy it needs to operate efficiently. Heart failure causes breathlessness and fatigue because of the heart cannot function as it should.

Our services

Legacy Heart Failure Program is committed to your success.  We understand that heart failure symptoms can be tough to tackle. We provide quality care for heart failure patients and make managing the disease easier.

  • Therapeutic medical management – helping you balance the right medication specifically for you to help reduce the progression of heart failure
  • Collaborate with your primary care doctor, pharmacist, social workers and other heart specialists
  • Working with local advanced heart failure surgical programs that might qualify you for surgical procedures and devices that may help improve your heart function

Legacy Heart Failure Program Locations

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Legacy Medical Group
Medical Office Building 2
501 N. Graham St., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-413-4187
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center (satellite clinic)
Legacy Medical Group–Cardiology
Medical Office Building 3
24988 SE Stark St., Suite 300
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: 503-413-4187
 

Our team

We offer deep experience with our board-certified heart failure doctor, as well as a specialized heart failure medical team. Our social worker can help you when medications become too expensive. The heart failure team is committed to you for the long term, to keep you living a healthy life.
At each of our medical centers, we have registered heart failure nurses, trained extensively in heart failure management and treatment. They provide education and support for you while you are in the hospital to help you better manage your condition. We emphasize this educational support because we know how profoundly heart failure can affect both you and your family.

Heart Failure Program Team

P. Raghuram Reddy, M.D.
Susan Bladen, RN, CHFN
Charles Griffith, MA
Miranda Meng, LCSW

Referring physicians call 503-938-2348

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