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Congestive Heart Failure

When your heart does not pump blood the way it should, you may develop heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure.

An affected heart gradually becomes weaker, or fails, but does not stop. As heart function worsens, fluid may build up. This congestion is why the condition is called congestive heart failure.

The specialist team in our Comprehensive Heart Failure Program uses advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment, including VAD or LVAD, to improve heart health.

Causes and Effects of Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure may be caused by coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, heart attack, arrhythmia or other heart problems.

Heart failure limits blood flow and causes the heart to pump harder, which can enlarge it. This condition also reduces oxygen and nutrients to other organs, so they may begin to shut down.

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Conviction of the Heart

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The high quality and cost-efficiency of our heart services have earned Abington Memorial Hospital recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care® by Independence Blue Cross.Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

JointCommissionGoldSealThe Joint Commission also awarded Abington Memorial Hospital the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Advanced Certification for its Comprehensive Heart Failure Program and certification for advanced VAD (Ventricular Assist Device).

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