Heart failure can cause salt and water to build up in the body, producing serious complications. Aquapheresis ultrafiltration of the blood removes this excess fluid. Our team in the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program is expert with special aquapheresis technology to monitor and remove fluid build-up.
Aquapheresis therapy results in fewer hospital readmissions and greater improvement in overall quality of life for our congestive heart failure patients.
Need for Aquapheresis
Excess water and salt may cause swelling, weight gain, and shortness of breath from lung congestion. Patients with fluid overload often require hospitalization because fluid pressure adds to bodily stress from the decreased blood flow of heart failure.
Ultrafiltration of Blood
Blood is progressively withdrawn and filtered to remove extra salt and water. The filtered blood is safely reintroduced into the body within a minute. Throughout aquapheresis, electrolyte balance is maintained and patients are monitored by our cardiologists and advanced medical professionals.
Treatment lasts about 24 hours. Patients may begin to feel better immediately, or gradually experience lessening of symptoms.
A Lighter Heart
Read about a congestive heart failure patient who was treated with aquapheresis therapy.
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