Congestive Heart Failure

    Overview

    Congestive Heart Failure

    Congestive heart failure, a condition which occurs as the heart weakens and can no longer pump blood as well as it should, can affect the left side, right side or both sides of the heart. Congestive heart failure does not mean a patient’s heart has stopped or failed, but rather that the heart has failed to keep up with the volume of blood flowing through it. Congestive heart failure requires immediate medical attention.

    A variety of conditions can cause congestive heart failure, including:

    • Coronary artery disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Heart attack

    Several treatments can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure, helping patients live longer with a better quality of life. Exercise, dietary changes and stress management can also improve patients’ quality of life.

    Symptoms

    • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
    • Increased need to urinate at night
    • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
    • Rapid weight gain caused by fluid retention
    • Persistent coughing or wheezing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Swelling (edema) in feet, ankles, legs or abdomen
    • Tiredness or weakness

    Causes

    • Diet high in fat and sodium
    • Lack of physical activity
    • Smoking

    Care for Congestive Heart Failure at SIU Medicine

    SIU Medicine Cardiology treats patients with congestive heart failure using a variety of treatment options, including medications, dietary changes or surgery. Our goal is to find the root of your problem, slow disease progression, and relieve symptoms while improving your quality of life.

    Doctors may use a combination of therapies to manage congestive heart failure, including:

    • Angioplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that increases blood flow to the heart
    • Beta blockers, or medications that slow the heartrate, reduce the heart’s need for oxygen and improve the heart’s blood supply
    • Bypass surgery, which creates a new path for blood and oxygen to reach your heart
    • Implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD), a device for patients with or at risk for unstable heart rhythms
    • Lifestyle changes, including weight loss, regular exercise, stress reduction and dietary changes
    • Medications, including diuretics or angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE) inhibitors

    Patients may be prescribed additional heart medications, like nitrates for chest pain or a statin to lower cholesterol. Your cardiology team will work with you to find the best treatment plan.

    Our providers

    Profiles

    Janet Albers, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Tracy Aldridge, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Priyanka Bhandari, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Careyana Brenham, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Manjula Burri, MD

    Cardiologist Cardiology, Internal Medicine
    747 N. Rutledge Street 4th Floor Springfield, IL 62702
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    Rexanne Caga-anan, MD

    Primary Care Physician Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 1100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Michal Dynda, MD

    System wide CMIO and CMO of SIU Center for Family Medicine-FQHC Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Tanner Eiben, DO

    Family Medicine
    612 N. 11th St. Quincy, IL 62301
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    John Flack, MD

    Internist, specializing in hypertension Internal Medicine
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 1100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Christopher Gleason, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Christopher Green, PHARMD

    Clinical Pharmacist Family Medicine
    102 W. Kenwood Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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    Tomonao Hashimoto, MD

    Geriatrician Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Susan Hingle, MD

    Primary Care Physician Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 1100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Curtis Johnston, DO

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Amanda Krus-Johnston, DO

    Family Medicine Physician Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Abhishek Kulkarni, MD

    Cardiologist Cardiology
    747 N. Rutledge Street 4th Floor Springfield, IL 62702
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    Christopher Lawrance, MD

    Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiothoracic Surgery
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    Herman Leung, DO

    Family Medicine
    612 N. 11th St. Quincy, IL 62301
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    Lauri Lopp, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Morton Machir, MD

    General Internal Medicine Physician Internal Medicine
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    Paula Mackrides, DO

    Family Medicine
    612 N. 11th St. Quincy, IL 62301
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    Nichole Mirocha, DO

    Family Medicine Physician Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Ramzi Nicolas, MD

    Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist Pediatrics
    400 N. 9th Street Springfield, IL 62702
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    Rachel Rahman, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Eukesh Ranjit, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Gary Rull, MD

    Primary Care Physician Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 1100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Charlene Shallow, DNP, FNP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner Cardiology
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    Ankit Sharma, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Momin Siddique, MD

    Cardiologist Cardiology
    747 N. Rutledge Street 4th Floor Springfield, IL 62702
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    Christopher Smyre, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    David Steward, MD

    Associate Dean for Community and Health and Service Internal Medicine
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 1100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Cynthia Thomas, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
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    Andrew Varney, MD

    Primary Care Physician Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 1100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Waiz Wasey, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702

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    Clinical Trials

    Trial
    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Clinical Study of the BioVentrix TC System for the Treatment of Left Ventricular Aneurysm

    Active recruiting

    The purpose of the study is to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the BioVentrix Revivent TC System for the treatment of LV antero-septal aneurysms/scars in patients with symptomatic heart failure.