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Heart Failure

People with congestive heart failure often require frequent hospitalization to deal with flare-ups of their symptoms. With proper self-care, many patients can avoid hospital stays. Akron General's Heart & Vascular Center offers a Heart Improvement Program to address these special needs and to help patients enjoy a better quality of life.

Heart Improvement Clinic

The Heart Improvement Clinic is a complete program focusing on prevention and early involvement in the treatment of heart failure. Components of our program include education about medication, diet and fluid intake, exercise, weight monitoring, sign and symptom management and risk factor modification. The Clinic does not replace a doctor's care but rather works with the doctor to continually educate, monitor and treat the patient, based on diagnosis and the patient's plan of care. Through telemedicine, our nurses are able to monitor heart failure symptoms while the patient is at home, heading off potential problems and unnecessary hospital stays.

Akron General's Heart & Vascular Center has the area's only Heart Improvement Clinic that offers an innovative, non-invasive treatment designed to help the heart pump more efficiently. It's called External Counterpulsation and may be appropriate to increase blood flow to help relieve angina and fatigue, which are often associated with heart failure.

A structured cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program may also be effective in alleviating the symptoms of heart failure. Akron General's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program provides supervised exercise as well as support in making lifestyle modifications.

For more information about Akron General's Heart Improvement Program and how we can help patients with heart failure experience a better quality of life, call 330-344-5674.

Heart Failure Clinic

Did you know that more than 500,000 new Heart Failure cases are diagnosed each year? Akron General is proud to offer an outpatient Heart Failure clinic to help patients better understand their disease. Designed to decrease hospital admissions, the Heart Failure Clinic educates patients and family members on the process of Heart Failure and the signs and symptoms to report to physicians. The Heart Failure Clinic works with your primary care physician offering treatment options when symptoms worsen. For more information, please call 330-344-4243. 

Information on Heart Failure

What is Heart Failure

Anatomy of the Heart

Problems Involving Heart Rhythm

Cardiovascular Tests and Procedures

Online Heart Resources


Date Updated: 14-NOV-2013



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