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Heart Hospital Heart Failure Center

The Heart Hospital at Mercy was the first in Ohio and the second in the nation to be named an accredited Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The accreditation of  Heart Failure Center indicates that the hospital is proficient in managing this disease, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life across the entire continuum of care. Examples of innovative, proactive heart failure initiatives at Mercy include remote heart failure monitoring and rapid 24/7 access to clinical data for heart failure patients.

For more information, call 330-580-4764.

Know Your Heart Failure Risks

What causes heart failure? Anything that weakens the heart and prevents it from pumping blood normally can cause heart failure.

  • Coronary artery disease or clogged arteries
  • Previous heart attack
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Infection of the heart muscle
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Alcohol abuse or heavy drinking
  • Anemia

The following signs and symptoms could signal heart failure. If you have any of these signs or symptoms for more than a week, call your doctor to have a checkup.

  • Shortness of breath that keeps you from finishing a sentence or that causes you to stop activities prematurely or makes you want to rest after activity
  • Fatigue that is unusual or excessive
  • Swelling in the feet, ankle, legs, abdomen, fingers
  • An unexpected increase in weight
  • Frequent coughing
  • Irregular heart rate (pulse) or racing heart
  • Dizziness or light‐headedness
  • Chest pain or tightness, or pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, or arms

If you think you have any of these signs or symptoms, know that help is available. Call Mercy Heart Failure Center at 330-580-4764.