Congestive heart failure is a medical condition in which the heart is unable to supply enough oxygen-rich blood to other organs in the body. Although the heart continues to pump during congestive heart failure, it is not as functional or efficient as a healthy heart, causing patients to experience symptoms that may include fatigue and weakness, shortness of breath, swelling in the ankles and legs, loss of appetite, and a persistent cough.
Patients seeking congestive heart failure treatment can find innovative, compassionate care in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston. Our team of leading cardiovascular specialists offers outstanding personalized care for patients in the state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Center, collaborating with specialists in cardiac surgery and anesthesia, dedicated nurses, nutritionists and other professionals who provide evaluation and treatment for thousands of patients annually.
Congestive heart failure treatment depends upon a patient's medical history, overall health and age, as well as other underlying conditions that may be affecting the heart. Congestive heart failure treatment at BWH may include:
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) is a new breakthrough in congestive heart failure treatment. When the lower heart chambers (ventricles) do not contract at the same time, the function of the heart can be significantly impaired. This congestive heart failure treatment involves use of a pacemaker to control both lower chambers so that the heart can be resynchronized, reducing the symptoms of congestive heart failure dramatically for some patients.
In addition to congestive heart failure treatment, patients at BWH may also seek treatment for a broad range of heart conditions including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiac amyloidosis, and arrhythmia treatment. BWH is also a leading provider of services and education about women and heart disease.
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