Heart Failure Program

Managing the symptoms and increasing quality of life for heart failure patients

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Heart failure patients have not had a heart attack, but one can occur because their heart muscles are weakened.

A plan specific to your condition and health

If you or a loved one is facing heart failure, our program provides a comprehensive plan to assist you with care by managing the symptoms and helping you maintain the best quality of life. Specialists in cardiac rehabilitation will work with you and your physician to create a plan specific to your health, home and the goals you would like to achieve.

What causes heart failure?

Heart failure may result from any or all of the following:

  • Heart valve disease
  • High blood pressureI
  • infections of the heart valves/ heart muscle
  • Scar tissue damage from previous heart attack(s)
  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart disease or defects
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Certain medications
  • Excessive sodium intake
  • Anemia and excessive blood loss
  • Complications of diabetes

Heart failure is not curable, but it is treatable with medication, diet, exercise and consistent medical follow-up.


Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114