Heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath, leg and ankle swelling, and frequent coughing can be red flags to seek immediate medical care. These symptoms can mean a trip to the emergency room to wait for care or being admitted to the hospital for intensive care.
Duke’s heart failure specialists provide that intensive care -- such as IV diuretics and electrolytes -- at a daily heart failure clinic. It was the first of its kind in North Carolina and serves as a national training site for other hospitals.
“We have the expertise and resources to manage heart failure fast,” said Duke cardiologist Chetan Patel, MD.