What is congestive heart failure?

Heart failure means that the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal, or the heart muscles are stiff and do not relax and fill properly. With heart failure, blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, increasing the pressure in the heart. Therefore, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body's needs. Fluid can build up in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs or other organs. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the term used to describe this condition.

Congestive heart failure clinic

Our CHF Clinic provides specialized nursing care and education for patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure, helping them better understand their condition and how to manage their health. Our clinic's outpatient setting provides convenient and easy access to cardiology services to help minimize the need for hospital readmission.

Treatment program

Our clinic provides an education and treatment program designed to help patients control their disease. Heart failure management is a team effort, making you and your physician the key players on the team. Our staff will work closely with your physician to keep him or her fully informed of your progress. As a patient referred to our CHF Clinic, you are an active participant in your treatment plan.

You will learn how to control CHF through:

  • Medication compliance
  • Dietary changes (as needed)
  • Lifestyle changes such as monitoring and tracking your weight on a daily basis
  • Regular follow-up appointments with your doctor
  • Weekly lab work to monitor electrolyte and kidney function

Getting started

After your physician refers you to our program, the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic staff will call to schedule your first appointment.

Your health status will be evaluated by a cardiologist in our clinic during your first appointment. Issues of concern to you and your family will be identified during that visit, and an education plan will be created for you.

You will be scheduled for appointments as your condition warrants. These appointments will help you learn more about managing your congestive heart failure, controlling your symptoms and taking your medications appropriately.

Our CHF Clinic will provide you with continued follow-up care for as long as it is needed. Our goal is to help you live well with congestive heart failure.

For more information about the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at Cartersville Medical Center, please call (770) 276-7800.