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The Heart Failure Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona


Heart failure is a common, but often misdiagnosed condition affecting over 5 million people in the United States. The term “heart failure” doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped but that it is not able to pump blood effectively though the body. Heart failure is a serious condition and it’s important to seek immediate care by specialists who are experienced in advanced heart disease.

Symptoms of Heart Failure

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Swelling in feet, ankles and legs
  • Nausea  

What Causes Heart Failure?

Heart failure develops over time as the heart muscle grows weaker. The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and limits normal blood flow to the heart. Other leading causes of heart failure include:

  • A previous heart attack that damaged the heart muscle
  • Diseases of the heart muscle
  • Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes.

Treatment Options

Treatment may include a combination of medications, health monitoring to manage chronic medical conditions including diabetes and kidney dysfunction, and education about nutrition, diet, exercise and other healthy lifestyle changes. In advanced conditions, surgery may be an option.

Our Expert Heart Failure Treatment Team

Our heart failure team includes highly respected, skilled and experienced heart failure specialty physicians including interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, pharmacists, nurse educators, dietitians, physical therapists and exercise physiologists. We work together to identify patients at risk of heart failure and evaluate those who have already been diagnosed. We provide each patient a personalized comprehensive medical therapy and treatment in one convenient location.

St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  The award recognizes St. Joseph’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of heart failure care by ensuring that heart failure patients receive treatment according to a nationally accepted standards and recommendations.  

To Make an Appointment

For more information about the Heart Failure Program or to make an appointment call 602.406.4000.