Baptist Health Heart Failure and Transplant Institute
What is heart failure?
The term "heart failure" makes it sound like the heart is no longer working, when it really means that the heart isn't pumping as well as it should be.
What are the different types of heart failure?
There are two main types, with a third that is the combination of the two.
Systolic Heart Failure is where the heart doesn’t eject blood normally, also known as “reduced ejection fraction.”
Diastolic Heart Failure is where the heart has become stiff and doesn’t fill properly between the contractions.
Combined Heart Failure has components of both of the above. As an individual’s heart failure advances, most patients will have combined heart failure.
Treatments for Systolic and Combined Heart Failure have specific medicine guidelines and have been shown to decrease hospitalizations and increase life span. For Diastolic Heart Failure, controlling blood pressure, using diuretics and exercising have shown the best benefits.
What are the causes and risk factors for heart failure
Common causes of heart failure:
Less common causes for heart failure:
Common risk factors for heart failure:
What are the symptoms of heart failure?
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing or wheezing
- Increased heart rate
- Lack of appetite or nausea
- Confusion or impaired thinking
What treatment options are available?
As Arkansas’s only comprehensive care center for heart failure, Baptist Health offers many options for living with your heart failure through our Heart Failure Program.
After a comprehensive examination of your heart’s function our team of heart failure specialists will develop custom strategies that will help you function as well as possible for the rest of your life. No matter which therapies are used they all involve making important lifestyle changes and faithfully taking medications to manage your symptoms.
Although chronic heart failure can remain stable for a long time, eventually it will worsen. As your symptoms become more prominent and your quality of life is affected, you may require more advanced surgical therapies such as implanted mechanical assist devices (LVADs), heart transplants, even total artificial hearts.
Baptist Health Heart Failure and Transplant Institute offers seamless care for advanced heart failure patients - from management to ventricular assist device to transplantation.
No other hospital in the state can offer this level of care.
What are common daily routines for heart failure patients?
When should you call your doctor or nurse?
Heart Failure Hot Line
You may have some anxiety about doing too much too soon, have questions about your medications, or simply need professional reassurance that symptoms you’re experiencing are not related to a new cardiac event.
With the Baptist Health Heart Failure Hot Line, you have a convenient and valuable resource right at your fingertips. Baptist Health eICU care critical care nurses with a background in cardiology answer calls to the hot line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To reach one of our specialized nurses, call 501-202-4200 or 1-844-250-8107 anytime, any day of the week.
Physician Referral Form
Medical professionals interested in referring a patient to our clinic, please complete this referral form in its entirety, to ensure efficient scheduling. Please do not hesitate to call our clinic with any questions about our program.
What are the patient outcomes?
The best advocates for the care you can expect from Baptist Health are the patients themselves. Hear success stories from a few of our patients.