Franciscan Heart Failure Clinic
The Franciscan Heart Failure Clinic, located in Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates offices in the St. Joseph Medical Pavilion in Tacoma, provides comprehensive outpatient care for people living with heart failure. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this condition, our goal is manage your symptoms and help you enjoy an improved quality of life.
What is heart failure?
Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working! Heart failure is any weakening of the heart muscle that causes it to pump less effectively. Franciscan heart failure doctors and specialists will help you understand everything you need to know about this condition.
Causes and symptoms of heart failure
You are at risk for heart failure if you have had a heart attack, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, or are obese. Other less common situations may also lead to heart failure. Symptoms may include: activity-limiting fatigue, chest congestion, swelling of the ankles and shortness of breath. If you or a loved one experiences this, your first step should be to see your primary care physician or cardiologist.
We’re partners in your heart health
Clinical staff at the Franciscan Heart Failure Clinic will work with you to begin a personal treatment plan. This may include periodic diagnostic tests, adjusting medications, managing your diet and learning how to exercise safely. People who participate in heart failure clinics often feel significantly better, are healthier and have fewer hospitalizations.
Keys to success - heart education and follow up
Ensuring your optimum health requires skillful management of the medications that help control symptoms and disease progression. Making lifestyle changes will also make it easier for your heart to do its job. As we monitor your progress, sometimes you will need to visit the clinic; other times, you may get a follow-up telephone call. By partnering with you, your nurse case manager can help provide both information and inspiration to help you live better.
Take action now!
You can make a big difference in how you feel by monitoring your weight, exercising appropriately, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, eating right, managing stress and taking the right medications at the right time. At Franciscan Heart Failure Clinic, we can help you regain control of your heart health.
Call 253-627-1244 for information today.
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