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Right-sided Heart Failure

What Is Right-sided Heart Failure?

Right-sided heart failure is uncommon and is usually the result of heart failure on the left side of the heart.

The right side of the heart receives oxygen-depleted blood after its completed trip throughout the body. The blood enters the right atrium and is pumped into the right ventricle, which pumps the blood to the lungs to pick up more oxygen. The newly oxygen-rich blood is then sent out to the body again by the left side of the heart.

If the left side of your heart isn’t effectively moving blood along, it makes the right side work harder as blood and other fluids back up into your lungs and other organs.

At the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program, our goal is to slow the progress of heart failure so you can resume living your life. Our specialists will work with you to tailor a treatment plan that’s customized to your condition and your goals.

More patients with right-sided heart failure and other heart conditions entrust their care to Norton Heart & Vascular Institute than any other provider in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologists and other specialists in the Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program are at the leading edge of sophisticated treatments.

Right-sided Heart Failure Symptoms

The symptoms of right-sided heart failure are largely the same as other types of heart failure and include fatigue, shortness of breath and persistent swelling.

Right-sided heart failure involves an inability to move along blood returning to the heart, so symptoms of fluid retention may be more prominent. These include

  • Enlarged liver
  • Fluid buildup in the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite with abdominal pain

Right-sided Heart Failure Treatment

Treatment of right-sided heart failure depends on whether it is isolated, caused by high blood pressure in the lungs’ blood vessels or left-sided heart failure.

Medication typically includes diuretics to reduce fluid buildup in the body. Other medications may be used to better regulate the heart.

In severe cases, treatments can include a mechanical assistance for the heart.

The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program offers a new way to look at the management of heart failure and offers the latest in treatment options and monitoring technology. Our goal is to avoid putting you in the hospital. When you need care, we’ll try to get you home the same day.

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

About 250,000 people a year in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute to treat their heart and vascular conditions. That’s more than any other provider in the area.

  • All four of Norton Healthcare’s adult acute-care hospitals are accredited by the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Services as Chest Pain Centers, with the highest accreditation level possible for facilities able to treat heart attacks.
  • We have more than 50 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 35 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgerythoracic surgery, electrophysiologyadvanced heart failureand vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day appointments for new patients.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • Norton Healthcare has four adult-service cardiac catheterization labs, with 14 state-of-the-art rooms. Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital have received the highest level of cardiac catheterization accreditation from the American College of Cardiology — offering lifesaving, minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Our cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists have more experience than any provider in the area performing hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation (A-fib). This innovative treatment also can help patients who have had persistent A-fib for more than a year that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission: Lifeline Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks — the most severe type of heart attack.
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