Heart Failure Program Overview

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center has made a commitment to provide high quality care to all patients with heart failure both in-patient and outpatient. The program provides hospital care in coordination with the cardiologists and other doctors who see patients while they are in the hospital. Our services in the clinic help patients manage their heart failure and accompanying symptoms by providing a smooth transition home from the hospital. We are also able to provide additional support to chronic heart failure patients who are experiencing heart failure symptoms after hospitalization with continued routine follow-up visits.

What is Heart Failure?

More than five million people in the US have heart failure. Heart failure is a chronic and progressive disease that not only affects the patients who have the disease, but also the people who live with and care for their loved ones. Heart failure can affect persons of any age, gender or ethnicity.

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart muscle cannot effectively pump blood to the rest of the body. Many things can cause it: heart disease (blocked heart arteries), high blood pressure, heart electrical problems, viral illnesses, lung problems, infections of the heart, congenital heart problems (present at birth), thyroid problems, substance abuse/use problems, cancer related, and idiopathic (unknown) causes.

What are Some Common Symptoms?

People with heart failure can have many different symptoms including:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Difficulty lying flat
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty doing daily activities
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Fast beating or pounding heart
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of the abdomen, legs, ankles or feet

When Should I Contact the Heart Failure Clinic?

Contact the Heart Failure Clinic if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath that does not get better with rest
  • Feelings of confusion or feeling that you cannot think clearly
  • Feeling overly tired or like you have no energy
  • More swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
  • Dizziness or falling
  • Weight gain of 2-3 pounds overnight or 5 pounds in one week
  • More shortness of breath, new or unusual cough
  • Difficulty breathing when lying down, or a need to sleep sitting in a chair or with extra pillows

Contact Information

Location: 4101 James Casey, Suite 330
Phone: 512-816-8042
Fax: 512-804-2360
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Monday - Friday