Heart Failure

Every day, UnityPoint Health is working to stop heart failure. We perform free heart screenings and encourage you to begin regular visits with UnityPoint Clinic primary care doctors to help you to continue to live well with a healthy heart. If you don't have a primary care physician, please use our helpful physician finder.

How is Heart Failure used to measure quality? 

The numbers here look at patients who have been hospitalized and diagnosed with CHF. If it was the right treatment, the numbers then look at how often certain heart function tests were done and then, if appropriate, how many patients got medication to help improve blood flow through the heart. Training on diet, exercise, and keeping track of weight is important for patients with heart failure. These numbers also look at how many people with heart failure were trained before they left the hospital.  

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What is heart failure? 

Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure (CHF), is a long term condition in which the heart is not able to pump as much blood as the body needs. Heart failure becomes more common with age and causes  things like dizziness, shortness of breath, and a build-up of fluid in the feet and ankles. Heart failure is one of the most common reasons to be admitted to the hospital. A healthy lifestyle and the right medications can lower the effects of heart failure and the potential for hospitalization.

What happens if I am diagnosed with this? 

If you are diagnosed with an episode of heart failure at UnityPoint Health, you may have several tests to see how well your heart muscle is working. Depending on the results of those tests, you may need to start taking medications to open the vessels of the heart which allow blood to flow more easily through them.