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Heart Failure (CHF)

Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure (CHF), refers to a condition where the heart muscle becomes weak and can no longer pump the right amount of blood throughout the body, causing a variety of health problems. Depending on which part of the heart is affected, this lack of oxygen can lead to a build-up of excess fluid in the lungs, feet and elsewhere.

How is Heart Failure Treated?

Because heart failure can progress over time, the heart specialists at Reston Hospital Center take an aggressive approach to treatment to prevent it from worsening. Once you've been diagnosed with heart failure, our cardiovascular team works closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan to help you manage your disease effectively. Our goal is to help you strengthen your heart, improve your overall health and avoid future hospitalizations.

Treatments typically include:

  • Lifestyle changes, often with an increased amount of exercise
  • Dietary counseling
  • Medication
  • Rehabilitation and monitoring

We also offer medical procedures to treat the underlying causes of heart failure including:

Reston Hospital Can Help You Manage Heart Failure

Because heart failure is a long-term condition, we provide convenient, ongoing care to assist you in managing your disease. We focus on your overall health and emphasize patient education–one reason why our heart failure readmission rate is lower than the national average. We're here to help you and your family understand your specific condition and learn how to control it through lifestyle changes and medication.

Our team of specialists includes doctors, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists and other professionals–all experienced in heart failure management and dedicated to delivering the care you need.

For more information, talk to your doctor or call Consult-A-Nurse® at 877.689.DOCS (3627).

Learn more about heart failure in our online Health Library.

For Physicians

Learn about referring patients to Reston Hospital for heart failure care.