Congestive Heart Failure
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Congestive Heart Failure is when the heart’s structure prevents the ability to supply enough blood, oxygen, and nutrients that meet the body’s needs.

Heart Failure symptoms can include:
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Swelling of legs/ankles
  • Shortness of breath
Sinai-Grace Hospital Quality Scorecard for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Percent Meeting - Of all patients eligible for receiving this treatment the number out of 100 that actually did receive.

Smoking cessation - Smoking is harmful to you because it does damage to your lungs, heart, and blood vessels. It is a risk to you because fat and plaque stick to the arteries' walls so blood cannot travel through them easily. This leads to an increase risk of blood clotting, a higher heart rate, and high blood pressure. If you stop smoking, it will help to decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke in many patients.

Left ventricular function (LVF) assessment - This test checks the main pumping valve to the heart (left ventricle) and get an assessment of the heart muscle function. People with a low result are often treated with medications to improve the pumping.

ACEI or ARB prescribed if left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is less than 40% - If the LVEF assessment shows that the heart is weak, it indicates heart failure is present. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACEI) and Angiotensin Reception Blocker (ARB) treatments are medicines that are used to treat patients that have heart failure and benefit those who have problems in the left side of the heart. These medicines help improve the heart muscle’s pumping action. Examples of medications for ACEI include: lisinopril, Zestril®, Prinivil®, and vasotec. Examples of medications for ARB include: Cozaar®, Avapro®, Atacand®, and Mycardis®.

Written discharge instructions - When you are discharged from the hospital, it is important that you understand what heart failure is and how to prevent any further problems leading you back into the hospital. We want to make sure that you receive information about medicines, diet, and lifestyle changes.