Heart Failure Specialist

Laurelton Heart Specialists

Cardiologist & Internal Medicine located in Rosedale, NY

Heart failure affects nearly 6 million Americans, including adults and children. Though there is no cure for heart failure, treatments can improve heart function and quality of life. Renowned board-certified cardiologist Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, and his team at Laurelton Heart Specialists in the Rosedale area of Queens take a comprehensive and integrated approach to heart failure and offer state-of-the-art procedures and treatments to help you live your best life. To schedule an appointment with the experienced cardiology team, call the New York City office or select the online booking tool.

Heart Failure Q&A

What is heart failure?

You’re in heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, when your heart isn’t able to provide your body with an adequate supply of blood. 

 

The condition may develop because your heart isn’t filling with enough blood, or it isn’t strong enough to pump the blood to the rest of your body.

 

Conditions that damage, weaken, or stiffen your heart lead to heart failure, such as heart defects, heart attack, or hypertension. 

What are heart failure symptoms?

Heart failure symptoms may be chronic or develop unexpectedly. Common symptoms include:

 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Leg or ankle edema
  • Poor appetite
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Poor tolerance to exercise

 

Heart failure can also lead to shortness of breath and chest pain, which should be evaluated right away.

What are the types of heart failure?

Heart failure is classified into types based on the cause of the heart failure and symptoms. The types most often seen at Laurelton Heart Specialists include:

Systolic heart failure

With systolic heart failure, the left side of your heart isn’t contracting properly, affecting the heart's ability to pump blood throughout your body. 

Diastolic heart failure

With diastolic heart failure, the left side of your heart isn’t able to fill with enough blood, limiting the supply of blood to your body.

Amyloid heart failure

Amyloid heart failure develops due to a buildup of proteins in the cardiac tissue that stiffens the muscle, affecting its ability to pump blood. 

What can I expect during a heart failure evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation from the team at Laurelton Heart Specialists when you come in seeking help managing your heart failure. The team reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and does a physical exam.

The team may need additional tests to assess your health and the type of heart failure you have, such as an echocardiogram or a stress test. 

How is heart failure treated?

The cardiologists at Laurelton Heart Specialists develop personalized treatment plans based on the type and severity of your heart failure. Treatment may include various prescription medications and/or surgical procedures specific to your needs.

In addition to medical and surgical treatments, the team at Laurelton Heart Specialists also emphasizes a healthy diet and exercise program for management of your heart failure. Your lifestyle choices may prevent a worsening of your condition and improve your quality of life.

For comprehensive cardiology care from an experienced team, contact Laurelton Heart Specialists by phone or online today.