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If you experience weakness, increased cough or sputum production, a sudden and unexplained weight gain or swelling, call your WellStar physician. But if you experience severe and crushing chest pain, fainting, or rapid and irregular heartbeat, go immediately to the emergency room.
Congestive heart failure is common. About 5.7 million people in the United States experience heart failure. It results in about 300,000 deaths each year.
*Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
 

Congestive Heart Failure Ongoing Care

WellStar offers world-class, community-based physicians based in state-of-the-art medical centers and hospitals with access to the latest technologies and other medical resources. They are dedicated to:


  • Help you create and maintain healthy lifestyles
  • Offer advice to prevent illness and injuries
  • Provide early and appropriate care of acute illness to prevent its progression

Cardiac Care at WellStar

WellStar’s Cardiac Network provides top-flight Cardiac Care throughout its physicians’ offices, urgent care centers and emergency rooms. Emergency departments at WellStar Cobb, WellStar Douglas, WellStar Kennestone, and WellStar Paulding hospitals provide comprehensive cardiac services. WellStar Cobb and WellStar Kennestone hospital’s cardiac diagnostic and treatment services provide the next level of defense against heart disease. The technologically advanced Cardiac Center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and partnership with Emory Healthcare for adult open-heart surgery raises the bar on world-class cardiac care. WellStar’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Services’ medically supervised programs focus on helping heart disease patients maintain a healthier heart through education and support groups. Phone: 770.956.STAR (7827)

http://www.wellstar.org/ws_landing/ws_cardiac.aspx


Ongoing Care at Home

Although many aspects of heart failure cannot be reversed, treatment can often improve symptoms and help you live longer. You and your WellStar physician can work together to make your life more comfortable, so pay close attention to your body and your post-treatment regimen, and keep your doctor updated. As part of your post-treatment care and in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, you should:


  • Keep track of all medications you take
  • Avoid certain over-the-counter medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen and others), cold medications and diet pills
  • Keep track of your weight and blood pressure
  • Write down your questions and never be afraid to ask your WellStar physicians for clarification regarding your condition or your treatment
 
 
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