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Heart Failure Education

Your healthcare team at Upstate Medical University has designed this patient education website to serve as a resource for patients, caregivers, and families who want to learn about heart failure. Heart failure is an illness that can be managed with medications and close self-care.

Watch the videos to learn about heart failure and talk with your doctor and nurses about your heart failure and treatments. It is important to understand your illness and how to care for yourself at home. Treatments can include many medications and surgery.

Please contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Cardiologist with questions.

More about Heart Failure

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What is Heart Failure?

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with Heart Failure? This video will help you learn what you need to know when it comes to taking care of yourself or a loved one with Heart Failure.

Heart Failure Medications

You need to know the names of your medications, and understand the important details about how they work. Take the time to learn about the treatment prescribed for you. Your physician or your pharmacist can help answer questions — don’t hesitate to ask!

Sleep Apnea Education

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your breathing to stop or get very shallow. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Learn more about the treatment for sleep apnea.

Nutrition and Congestive Heart Failure

Maintaining healthy eating habits does so much for your body. Eating healthy can prevent and control health problems. It has shown to help and prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.

Advanced Care Planning for Patients with Heart Failure

Learn about advance care planning to ensure that the health care treatment you may receive is accurate with your wishes should you not be able to make your own decisions or speak for yourself.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Learn about our 12-week Cardiac Rehabilitation Program which is designed to restore patients with heart disease to an active productive life through monitored exercise and education.

Heart Healthy Cookie Recipe

Healthy Substitutions for a Healthy Heart. This video will show you how to change some unhealthy heart ingredients in a recipe to make them healthy heart friendly. 

For more information on heart-healthy recipes please go to:  recipes.heart.org or allrecipes.org

Happy cooking!