Heart Failure

Heart failure — sometimes known as congestive heart failure — occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. When this happens, blood often backs up and fluid can build up in the lungs, causing shortness of breath.

Certain heart conditions, such as narrowed arteries in the heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave the heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump blood properly.

Causes

  • Coronary artery disease and heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Faulty heart valves
  • Damage to the heart muscle
  • Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis)
  • A heart problem that you’re born with (congenital heart defect)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Any illness that affects the whole body
  • Blood clots in the lungs
  • Severe infections
  • Use of certain medications
  • Viruses that attack the heart muscle

Symptoms

Heart failure signs and symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath with activity or when lying down
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged mucus
  • Swelling of the belly area (abdomen)
  • Very rapid weight gain from fluid buildup
  • Nausea and lack of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness
  • Chest pain if heart failure is caused by a heart attack

OUR SERVICES

Our all-encompassing health care services ensure you receive the correct diagnosis and treatment for any Cardiac condition.

Aortic Stenosis

Cardiac Rehab

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Heart Arrhythmias

Heart Failure

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Structural Heart Program

Tests And Procedures

Valvular Disease

Other Conditions We Treat

Your Health Starts Here

Flexible appointments

We have three locations to serve you.

Same Day Appointments are Available. We also offer 24/7 chronic care management. 

St Mary's Cardiology Center for Health

645 N Arlington Ave
Suite 555
Reno, NV 89503

Phone: 775-770-7622

St Mary's Cardiology Northwest

6255 Sharlands Avenue
Reno, NV 89523

Phone: 775-770-7622

St Mary's Cardiology Galena

18653 Wedge Parkway
Reno, NV 89511

Phone: 775-770-7622