Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Usually, the loss in the heart's pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart problem. Heart failure affects nearly 5 million US adults. It is on the rise with an estimated 400,000 to 700,000 new cases each year.
The Reading Hospital Regional Heart Center offers a full range of comprehensive cardiac care services. Our use of evidence-based treatment guidelines promotes consistency of care and positive patient outcomes. On a monthly basis, a special team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, cardiac rehab nurses, quality improvement staff, and emergency response personnel meets to review the care of our heart failure patients and identify opportunities for improvement.
All of our nursing staff recently attended Heart's Alive, a one-day course which outlined the Heart Failure Program at The Reading Hospital. We have also established a dedicated Heart Failure Unit on N2 South.
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