Heart Failure

Dedicated care for heart failure patients

Heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations. Also called congestive heart failure, conditions including coronary artery disease and high blood pressure may leave your heart too weak to pump blood efficiently.

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At Prisma Health, our cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and primary care providers are dedicated to providing the highest quality heart and cardiac care. Serving Columbia, Lexington and the Midlands as well as the entire state of South Carolina, our Advanced Heart Health Center at Prisma Health Heart Hospital provides an interdisciplinary team focused on living with heart failure.

With the prevalence of heart failure increasing, we are offering better treatment methods for managing the disease and its contributing conditions. Our center offers ongoing care for people with heart failure, including CardioMEMS™ technology for remote symptom monitoring, medical and mechanical circulatory therapies.

What is heart failure?

Heart failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped working – just that it's not able to pump blood the way it should. It can affect one or both sides of the heart, preventing the flow of enough blood to meet your body's needs.

This weakening can cause:

  • Fatigue and shortness of breath
  • Fluid and blood buildup in the lungs
  • Fluid accumulation in the feet and legs, known as Edema

Coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are some of the most common causes of heart failure. Men are more likely to experience heart failure than women. People over 65, African Americans, those who are overweight and those who have had a heart attack are affected at higher rates.

A physical exam and heart tests are used to diagnose heart failure. To treat it, the underlying cause is targeted and symptoms are managed with prescription medicines, diet and activity.

Contact one of our heart specialists today »


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