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Heart Failure

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart’s pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn’t get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. Your heart tries to pump more blood, but the muscle walls become weaker over time.

Symptoms of heart failure may include:

  • shortness of breath from fluid in the lungs
  • swelling (such as in legs, ankles or abdomen)
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • cold or clammy skin
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Heart failure can be a result of heart condition due to:

  • hardening of the arteries, also known as coronary artery disease,
  • a heart attack,
  • cardiomyopathy (heart muscle damage from infection or alcohol or drug abuse), or
  • an overworked heart (caused over time by conditions like high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, or a defect from birth).

Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)

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Billings ClinicState of Montana AverageUnited States AverageTop 10% of Hospitals Nationwide

99%

97%

97%

The rates displayed are from data reported for hospital discharges October 2012 through 
September 2013.

Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given an Evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) Function

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Billings ClinicState of Montana AverageUnited States AverageTop 10% of Hospitals Nationwide

100%

94%

99%

The rates displayed are from data reported for hospital discharges October 2012 through 
September 2013.

Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given Discharge Instructions

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Billings ClinicState of Montana AverageUnited States Average

Top 10% of Hospitals Nationwide

98%

92%

94%

The rates displayed are from data reported for hospital discharges October 2012 through 
September 2013.

The percentage includes only patients whose history and condition indicate the treatment is appropriate.
Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your treatment.

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