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Heart failure (HF)

Heart failure happens because your heart muscle is weak and there is too much fluid inside of it. Without proper treatment, heart failure can:

  • Cause your legs, feet and ankles to swell
  • Cause confusion or impaired thinking
  • Cause loss of appetite or nausea
  • Cause you to gain weight
  • Causes coughing and wheezing that won't stop, making it difficult for you to breathe
  • Make you heart work harder
  • Make your energy level low
  • Be very dangerous to your life

With treatment, heart failure can be controlled. The care management program can help you:

  • Learn more about heart failure
  • Learn about the medicines you are taking
  • Understand why it is important to weigh yourself
  • Understand why you should avoid salty foods that can cause you to hold fluids (get puffy feet, "hold water")

If you are a member who suffers from heart failure, call the Keystone First care management department to sign up for the program. The number is 1-800-573-4100. We want to help you live a healthy life. Call to speak to a care manager today.