Oregon Heart Center offers a specialized Heart Failure Clinic for the patients in our community.
Heart Failure is a very complex disease as there are many different types and treatments. The Heart Failure Clinic and Oregon Heart Center ensures that our patients receive the best, personalized, up-to-date care. Our goal is routine, close follow-up and empowering our patients with education and share-decision making regarding their heart failure needs.
Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Basically, the heart can’t keep up with its workload.
At first the heart tries to make up for this by:
The body also tries to compensate in other ways:
These temporary measures mask the problem of heart failure, but they don’t solve it. Heart failure continues and worsens until these compensating processes no longer work.
Eventually the heart and body just can’t keep up, and the person experiences the fatigue, breathing problems or other symptoms that usually prompt a trip to the doctor.
The body’s compensation mechanisms help explain why some people may not become aware of their condition until years after their heart begins its decline. (It’s also a good reason to have a regular checkup with your doctor.)
Heart failure can involve the heart’s left side, right side or both sides. However, it usually affects the left side first.