Heart Failure

Published On 07/11/2011

Heart Failure, also called congestive heart failure (CHF), is a life-threatening condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Heart failure is almost always a chronic, long-term condition, and it is one of the most common reasons people come to the hospital for treatment.

Heart failure interferes with the kidney's normal function of eliminating excess sodium and waste from the body. In congestive heart failure, the body retains more fluid - resulting in swelling of the ankles and legs. Fluid also collects in the lungs - resulting in shortness of breath.

The severity of the condition and symptoms depends on how much of the heart's pumping capacity has been lost. Symptoms of heart failure may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis. 

Reducing Congestive Heart Failure Readmissions

Methodist South Hospital's Reducing Readmissions initiative will specifically concentrate on improving heart failure care, reducing racial and ethnic disparities and ultimately reducing avoidable readmissions. Methodist South will be positioned to make significant changes to improve the quality of cardiac care with a specific goal of reducing readmission rates. The initiative will focus on cardiac care because whether experiencing a heart attack, heart failure or other conditions, the recommended standard of care for cardiac patients is clear and accepted among medical professionals nationwide.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) selected Methodist South Hospital to participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality Hospital Quality Network (AF4Q Hospital Quality Network), a quality improvement network of over 130 hospitals aimed to address the need to improve the quality, efficiency and equity of care delivered in hospitals nationwide. 

Participating in the Hospital Quality Network, Methodist South will be on the frontline of improving patient cardiac care and increasing efficiency to produce better outcomes for patients in our community and nationwide by reducing readmissions for congestive heart failure.

To find a cardiologist in Memphis, Tennessee, please use our physician locator or call 888.777.5959.