Heart Failure Clinic
The Heart Failure Clinic at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler focuses on helping heart failure patients proactively manage their heart disease and improve their quality of life. The distinguished team of providers offers a comprehensive approach to heart failure treatment that seeks to reduce hospitalizations and provide personalized outpatient therapy and patient education programs.
Heart Failure Clinic Services
- Education about medications and how they work
- Education programs for patient’s family members and caretakers
- Frequent follow-up calls by clinic staff to help to avoid readmission to the hospital
- Individualized review of patient’s medications to ensure they are working appropriately by primary care provider and cardiologist
- Provide patient education to help manage disease and control symptoms, including diet | sodium | fluid restrictions
- Provide access to advanced heart failure specialist if recommended by Cardiologist
- Recommendations to update treatment plan if necessary as guidelines and research change
- and monitor your acute heart failure symptoms with IV medications (diuretics) in office as needed
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure is a condition that develops slowly as the heart muscle weakens and loses strength to pump an adequate supply of blood throughout the body. Heart failure can also cause the heart to not able to relax, which can make it hard for the heart to pump blood efficiently. This results in fatigue and shortness of breath and can make simple activities feel almost impossible.
The most common causes of heart failure are high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, valvular heart disease, infections of the heart muscles or valves, congenital heart defects, diabetes mellitus, drug or alcohol abuse, chemotherapy or radiation, and obesity.
Heart failure is a chronic disease, but there are steps patients can take to stop the progression of the disease and prevent the likelihood of an acute heart failure episode.
Read our Heart Failure Patient Guide.
- Check for swelling in feet, ankles, legs and stomach
- Daily activity with rest periods
- Elevate legs when sitting
- Follow low-salt diet
- No smoking
- Take medications on time
- Weigh yourself in the morning and record in daily log
Heart Failure Zones
- No smoking
- Weigh yourself in the morning before breakfast, write it down
and compare to yesterday’s weight
- Take your medicine as prescribed
- Check for swelling in your feet, ankles, legs and stomach
- Eat a low-salt diet: see dietary handout
- Increase daily activity, and balance with rest periods
- Which heart failure zone are you in today: green, yellow or red?
All Clear - This Zone Is Your Goal
Your symptoms are under control, you have:
- No shortness of breath
- No weight gain more than 2 lbs (it may change 1 or 2 lbs some days)
- No swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
- No chest pain
Caution - This Zone Is A Warning
Call your doctor's office if:
- You have a weight gain of 3 lbs in 1 day or a weight gain of 5 lbs or more in 1 week
- More shortness of breath
- More swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
- Feeling more tired, no energy
- Dry, hacky cough
- Feeling uneasy, you know something is not right
- It is harder for you to breathe when lying down. You need to sleep sitting up in chair
Go to the emergency room or call 911 if you have any of the following:
- Struggling to breathe, unrelieved shortness of breath while sitting still
- Have chest pain
- Have confusion or cannot think clearly