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Heart Failure

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There are different types of heart disease, and heart failure is one of them. It is the number one reason people are hospitalized.

Although its name sounds bad, heart failure doesn't mean the heart stops beating. It means that the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal and can't pump enough oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. As a result, the body responds by retaining fluid in areas such as the arms, legs, feet and lungs.

Heart failure can be managed by following some simple daily living rules such as tracking daily weights, eating a low-salt diet and taking medications as directed.

Virtua's cardiovascular program provides a wide range of care including cardiovascular prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The program is staffed by a team of more than 100 board-certified cardiologists, experienced nurses in cardiac care and registered cardiovascular technicians.

Virtua's interventional cardiologists work in state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories (cath labs) at Virtua Memorial and Virtua Marlton. These labs offer:

  • The clearest visualization of fine veins and arteries
  • Precise diagnostics
  • Immediate life-saving capabilities
  • Ability to treat more cardiovascular conditions