Heart failure is rapidly emerging as a critical health concern in the United States. The predominant reason for hospitalization among individuals aged 65 and above, it impacts over five million people in the country, with 550,000 new cases identified annually.
Heart Failure is a persistent condition resulting from the heart’s incapacity to provide adequate blood flow to meet the body’s demands. This can stem from a weakened heart muscle, heart valve issues, or heightened pressures within the heart. While many conditions leading to heart failure cannot be reversed, effective treatment is available.
To address the unique needs of the heart failure population in Wichita Falls and surrounding areas, our mission is to offer comprehensive outpatient disease management across all heart failure stages. By adhering to recommended guidelines, delivering patient education, ensuring close follow-up, and maintaining continuity of care, we strive to enhance the quality of life for our heart failure patients.
United Regional caters to the dynamic needs of cardiac patients through routine monitoring, wellness visits, and additional support between scheduled physician appointments. This program is designed to provide stability and manage heart failure symptoms. Following a disease management plan, our objectives include:
- Controlling recurrent symptoms like shortness of breath, swelling, and fatigue associated with heart failure.
- Enhancing your quality of life and functional status at home.
- Reducing the frequency of inpatient hospitalizations through proactive management.
- Minimizing the duration of hospital stays if heart failure-related hospitalization is necessary.
- Educating you and your family on heart failure, treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes to empower your active involvement in healthcare decisions.
Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy
- Loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort
- Swollen ankles or legs
- Weight gain (two to three pounds over a few days)
Recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chest discomfort, often feeling like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other upper body areas such as arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, possibly occurring with or before chest discomfort.
- Additional symptoms like breaking into a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
While these symptoms are typical, some individuals, especially women, may experience less obvious or well-known signs, including:
- Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
- Lower chest discomfort
- Back pain
- Unusual fatigue
- Unusual shortness of breath
To start your treatment with the Heart Failure Clinic you must obtain a referral from your physician. This referral is acceptable from any healthcare provider, whether it be a physician, physicians assistant, or nurse practitioner.
Heart Failure Clinic
Monday – Friday
8 am – 5pm
1301 3rd St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301