Improving and saving lives with the most advanced heart failure treatments in central Ohio
What is heart failure?
Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body’s other organs. Heart failure affects about five million adults in the United States.
The most common symptoms are shortness of breath, weight gain, swelling of the lower extremities, and fatigue. Many conditions that cause heart failure result in irreversible damage and, in some cases, may necessitate a heart transplant or mechanical cardiac support.
Congestive heart failure is usually a sign of an underlying heart problem. In addition to affecting the heart’s pumping efficiency, it interferes with normal kidney function. When the kidneys cannot properly eliminate sodium and waste from the body, the body retains excess fluid.
The severity of the condition and the symptoms you experience depend on how much of the heart’s pumping capacity has been lost.
What is Heart Failure?
Ayesha Hasan, MD, a heart failure specialist at Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center, explains what heart failure is and the common symptoms and treatments for heart failure.
Treating the Sleep Apnea and Heart Failure Connection
Making connections with sleep apnea is aiding the treatment of patients with heart failure.
Ohio State Advances Heart Failure Care
Ohio State led the national study of a new heart failure monitoring device and was the first in the nation to use the device in patients after it received FDA approval.
Cardiac Care at Ohio State
Patients receiving care at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have access to a large team of specialists, which can be helpful in diagnosing and treating difficult or unique cases.