Heart failure care
Trust the cardiologists at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute for compassionate, expert care of heart failure. You’ll partner with specialists who help you manage symptoms and slow the progression of the condition, so you enjoy a longer, better-quality life.
What’s heart failure?
Heart failure is also called congestive heart failure (CHF). Heart failure means your heart isn’t able to pump enough blood to the rest of your body. Over time, the condition can get worse as the heart grows weaker.
Symptoms of heart failure
If you have heart failure, you may experience:
- Coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Fluid buildup that can cause ankle swelling
Heart failure causes
Your risk for heart failure is higher if you have:
Diagnosing heart failure
If you have heart failure symptoms and risk factors, your doctor may recommend certain tests. In addition to a physical examination, you may have:
After a heart failure diagnosis, rely on your cardiologist to take the time to:
- Explain the condition and its stage (how severe it is)
- Listen to your concerns
- Answer your questions
At Tyler Heart Institute, you’ll be the focus of a knowledgeable team with experience helping patients like you successfully manage heart failure and live well.
Your cardiologist will create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs and preferences. To help your heart work better or treat the cause of your heart failure, you may benefit from: