Heart Failure

Nationally Recognized Heart Failure Care

  • Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification since 2006
  • Healthgrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Cardiac Care and a Five-Star Recipient for treatment of heart failure
  • American Heart Association’s Get with the Guideline Gold Plus Award
  • American Heart Association’s Target Heart Failure Honor Roll Recognition


Heart Failure is a major public health problem, affecting 6.5 million people in the United States. It is a leading cause for repeated hospitalizations.

The Heart Failure Program at Reading Health System includes a team of healthcare professionals who provide care navigation, education, and guidance to patients, both in the hospital and at home. Our overall goal as a Heart Failure Program is to break this cycle of repeated hospitalizations and improve quality of life.

Treatment and Education

  • Initial and ongoing assessment and treatment of heart failure
  • Patient, family, and caregiver education
  • Classes for lifestyle modifications
  • Exercise rehab
  • Device therapy
  • TAVR
  • CardioMEMS HF System
  • High Risk Valve Center
  • Participation in research studies

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure

  • Shortness of breath, especially when lying down
  • Tiredness
  • Coughing or wheezing, especially when you exercise or lie down
  • Swelling in feet, ankles and legs
  • Weight gain from fluid build-up
  • Confusion or unable to think clearly

Prevention

The key to managing heart disease is prevention. A number of factors can put you at greater risk. Follow these guidelines to reduce your risk and improve your health:

  • Don’t smoke. If you do, we can help you quit.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat foods low in salt and fat, but high in fiber. These include vegetables, whole grains, and fruits.
  • Exercise three or more times a week, with a goal of reaching your target heart rate.
  • Find ways to reduce and control stress in your life. Stress can build up, leading to high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol level. People with high blood pressure or excess cholesterol can develop coronary artery disease (CAD). Be sure to follow your doctor‘s advice on how often to have these checked.

For more information, call 484-628-HELP (4357), or visit the American Heart Association website.