Heart Failure | Congestive Heart Failure
At MaineHealth, patients with heart failure, including congestive heart failure (CHF), get comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. We bring expert cardiovascular care to community hospitals, so that patients can get their heart care close to home. Our medical teams offer skilled care and advanced medical technology for patients needing cardiac procedures.
What is heart failure?
Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped. Heart failure occurs when the heart is not pumping like it should. Sometimes heart failure is caused by a weakened heart muscle. Your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood to all the organs in your body. Sometimes heart failure is caused by the heart muscle being strong but stiff, or when there is a serious problem with a valve. A consequence of heart failure is retention of fluid congestion, which is called congestive heart failure.
Heart failure can be caused by:
If you have any of these conditions, please discuss treatment with your doctor.
See your doctor for a routine heart checkup
While there is no cure for heart failure there are many treatments available that can help you feel better. Heart failure can be managed with medicine and a healthy lifestyle. Check with your primary care doctor or family healthcare provider for a routine heart check or to get a referral to a heart specialist called a cardiologist.
Adults with newly diagnosed heart conditions, along with those with heart disease and vascular disease, should see a cardiologist.