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It's important to know that, while heart failure is a severe condition, it doesn't mean your heart has stopped working. And Luminis Health's heart care team is here to make sure your heart keeps working at its best.

What Is Heart Failure?

Heart failure means that your heart is damaged and can't pump enough blood for your body's needs. Damage can happen to either one or both sides of your heart.

Heart failure is usually a result of other health conditions that affect your heart, like:

  • High blood pressure.

  • Coronary artery disease.

  • A heart attack.

  • Defective heart valves.

  • Lung conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

More than 6 million adults in the U.S. live with heart failure. At Luminis Health, we offer some of the best heart care and treatments in the country.

Renowned Heart Care

Our goal is to manage and, whenever possible, prevent heart failure. We offer our patients:

  • A dedicated heart center. Our Zazulia Heart and Vascular Center is an inpatient unit for those with heart conditions. It features cardiac catheterization labs, a critical care unit and a cardiac rehab center.

  • Nationally recognized care. The American College of Cardiology recognizes Luminis Health for our commitment to hospital care for heart patients. We appear on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Hospitals."

  • Heart treatments recognized by the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association recognizes us as one of only 25% of hospitals in the U.S. qualified to perform emergency cardiac catheterization. This can prevent heart attacks or serious damage to your heart.

  • The latest technology for minimally invasive procedures. With advanced imaging, we can detect coronary artery disease early and are often able to treat it with minimally invasive procedures. That means small incisions, less pain and a quicker recovery for you.

Preventive Care to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Failure

Being proactive is key to preventing heart failure and delaying its progression. We can help you monitor your heart health, detect any problems before they damage your heart and follow a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Luminis Health recommends you:

  • Have a yearly exam so your doctor can check your blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, lungs and heart health.

  • Manage any long-term health conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which can damage your heart.

  • Don't smoke — or quit if you do.

  • Follow a heart-healthy lifestyle by choosing nutritious foods, exercising regularly and managing stress.

You might be at a higher risk of heart failure because of your family history or other factors. Make sure you talk to your doctor. We offer testing and support to reduce your risk and catch heart failure early.

Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatments

There's no cure for heart failure, but diagnosing it early helps us manage it better. It also helps reduce your symptoms, so you can continue doing the things you love.

 

Heart failure tests and screening

Heart failure symptoms can include:

  • Coughing.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Feeling tired.
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs or belly.
  • A bluish color on your fingers or lips.

If you have these symptoms and your doctor suspects heart failure, we may run:

  • Blood tests.
  • Heart function tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG), an echocardiogram, a cardiac CT scan or a cardiac MRI.
  • A stress test to see how your heart works while you're exercising.

Heart failure treatments

Treating heart failure can help manage your symptoms, slow down its progression and improve your quality of life.

 

Surgical treatments for heart failure

Depending on the type of heart failure you have and how severe it is, a surgeon might:

  • Surgically repair any damaged heart valves.
  • Insert a pacemaker into your chest to help both sides of your heart beat more regularly.
  • Insert a mechanical heart pump to assist your heart with pumping blood.
  • Insert a defibrillator to monitor your heartbeat and correct any irregularities.
  • Perform a heart transplant if other treatments don't work.

 

Medical treatments for heart failure

Your doctor might recommend medication to help manage heart failure, including medicines to:

  • Relax the blood vessels in your heart, making it easier for it to pump blood.
  • Remove extra sodium and fluid from your body, which reduces your blood volume so your heart has less blood to pump.
  • Slow your heart rate so your heart doesn't work so hard, or help your heart beat stronger so it can pump blood more efficiently.

Support, Resources and Events to Prevent Heart Failure

Luminis Health is here for you with heart prevention programs and classes on:

  • Heart-healthy eating.
  • Weight loss.
  • Smoking cessation.

Next Steps & Contact

Luminis Health Cardiology

Primary Location

2000 Medical Pkwy Ste 510, Annapolis, MD 21401

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