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PRESTONSBURG — Heart failure is a growing epidemic in the U.S. Five million people have already been diagnosed and 670,000 additional cases are diagnosed each year, according to the American Heart Association. The disease is responsible for almost 1 million hospital discharges and 3.4 million officevisits annually.

Heart failure is a serious disease – but it can be managed successfully. Patients who manage heart failure are able to avoid hospitalization and enjoy a better quality of life.

King’s Daughters Heart & Vascular Center has been helping patients successfully manage heart failure for years, through its Center for Heart Health in Ashland. Now, people living in Prestonsburg and surrounding areas will be able to take advantage of the knowledge and skills of King’s Daughters heart failure specialists with the opening of a new Heart Failure Clinic in Prestonsburg.

Nurse practitioner Terri Hall, APRN, provides services under the direction of cardiologist Ghassan Dalati, M.D. The clinic is located in the Kentucky Heart Institute offices at 1709 State Route 321, Prestonsburg, in the Northside Center. The clinic opens Feb. 27.

As heart attack survival rates improve, the incidence of heart failure has increased, Dr. Dalati noted, explaining that damage to the heart muscle secondary to heart attacks can result in reduced heart function and congestive heart failure. Other risk factors for heart failure include high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath,difficulty breathing when lying down, weight gain with swelling in the legs and ankles, general fatigue and weakness.

There is no cure for heart failure, but lifestyle adjustments, medication and careful monitoring can help patients with heart failure live a more normal life, Dr. Dalati said.

The Heart Failure Clinic is open to anyone with heart failure, regardless of where they have been diagnosed or who is providing care. Physician referral is not required.

Most insurance plans cover the services of the clinic. For more information about the clinic, please call (606) 886-0892.

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