Heart Failure Care

Turn to the experienced and compassionate experts at Essentia Health to diagnose and treat heart failure. You can count on Essentia’s team to provide individualized care, education, and support so you can manage your health and enjoy daily activities.

What’s Heart Failure?

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. Treatment can improve your symptoms and help you live longer.

LVAD to Treat Heart Failure

If your heart needs help to pump blood, you may receive a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD. This is a mechanical, battery-operated pumping device that’s placed during surgery. It can help prevent the need for a heart transplant.

Heart Failure Symptoms

Talk to your primary care doctor if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain or heartbeat changes
  • Chronic cough
  • Dizziness
  • Gaining three pounds in one day
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the ankles, feet, or lower legs
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Thinking problems

You may be referred to a heart specialist if your primary care doctor believes you are experiencing heart failure.

Duluth, MN Heart Failure Program

Rely on Essentia’s heart failure specialists to help you live well with heart failure. We’ll closely track your symptoms and adjust your treatment as needed so you can stay as healthy, independent, and comfortable as possible.

Comprehensive Care

When you enroll in Essentia’s Heart Failure program, your health care team can help you:

  • Manage medications
  • Make appointments with members of your health care team
  • Receive outpatient diuretic infusion therapy
  • Live a heart-healthy lifestyle with diet and activity recommendations
  • Find community resources and support groups
  • Strengthen your heart through cardiac rehabilitation

Heart Monitoring at Home

Feel confident that any changes in your condition will be detected quickly when you participate in telemonitoring. This technology allows your care team to keep an eye on your health even when you are at home. You may use:

  • Cardiocom – A telemonitoring system that monitors your weight
  • OnTrack – An iPad self-management tool
  • Cardiomems – An implantable sensory device

Prevent Hospital Admissions

Work with your care team to manage your heart failure and stay out of the hospital. Our patients have an 80 percent decrease in hospital admissions and visits to the emergency room during their first year in the Heart Failure Program compared to the national average.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.