Congestive Heart Failure
Dr. Mark East has over 20 years of experience managing congestive heart failure which is the leading cause of hospital admission in the Medicare population. Dr. East offers his expertise through diagnostic and clinical strategies for the management of his patients. Through his published research in the management of congestive heart failure and active involvement in heart failure clinical trials, Dr. East and his team continue to be on the cutting edge of evidence based medical treatments. Therefore, whether in the office or in the hospital setting, Dr. East can be counted on to provide comprehensive and continuity of care for his patients.
Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently.
Heart failure can be ongoing (chronic), or your condition may start suddenly (acute).
Heart failure signs and symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when you exert yourself or when you lie down
- Fatigue and weakness
- Swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles and feet
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Reduced ability to exercise
- Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged phlegm
- Increased need to urinate at night
- Swelling of your abdomen (ascites)
- Very rapid weight gain from fluid retention
- Lack of appetite and nausea
- Difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness
- Sudden, severe shortness of breath and coughing up pink, foamy mucus
- Chest pain if your heart failure is caused by a heart attack