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Congestive Heart Failure

About Your Care and Condition

Heart failure is one of the fastest growing heart conditions in the United States. There are more than five million Americans with heart failure and over 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year. You are not alone, and Spectrum Health is here to help. Our goal is to provide you with superior quality personal care, working in partnership with you to treat your heart failure.

Heart failure means your heart is not pumping well. Symptoms of heart failure may develop over weeks or months. Your heart becomes weaker over time and is not able to pump the amount of blood your body needs. Your heart may enlarge. When the heart can’t pump as strongly as before, the body can’t get rid of extra fluid. This fluid can leak into the lungs and may cause swelling in the legs, feet, ankles or abdomen.

From prevention to early stage heart failure, rehabilitation, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory assist and heart transplant, Spectrum Health offers the only comprehensive heart failure program in West Michigan.