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Heart Failure Clinic

Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body. Heart failure can be caused by coronary artery disease, a heart attack, heart valve disease, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias and even a virus or a toxic agent such as chemotherapy.

Symptoms of Heart Failure

Heart failure affects over 6 million Americans with more than 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Symptoms may include:

  • Sudden weight gain
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Shortness of breath/Shortness of breath while lying flat
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

Managing Your Heart Failure

Things you can do to help manage your heart failure:

  • Weigh yourself daily before breakfast
  • Take all prescribed medications at the appropriate scheduled times
  • Follow a low-sodium diet (less than 2,000 mg per day)
  • Watch your fluid intake
  • Report any of the above symptoms of heart failure to your provider
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle and stay active
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol

Centegra’s Heart Failure Clinic Team

Centegra Health System partners with Loyola University Heart Center in Chicago. A specialty physician will consult on and manage the care of patients with advanced heart failure. The physician will see patients in the Centegra Cardiovascular & Thoracic Center and if necessary, will direct care to the team at Loyola. Learn more about Centegra’s heart failure clinic team.

The team also supports patients through coordinating needed support services including:

Schedule an Appointment at the Centegra Heart Failure Clinic

If you have ever been diagnosed with any type of heart failure, you can be seen in Centegra’s heart failure clinic. Call the heart failure clinic at 815-759-8200 to make an appointment. We encourage you to bring a family member or loved one with you. By allowing us to help you manage your heart failure, we can improve your quality of life. The Centegra heart failure clinic is committed to excellent care, so that you may once again enjoy all the things that are important to you.