Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when your heart doesn’t pump blood the way it should. As a result, the heart doesn’t keep up with the body’s need for blood and oxygen, allowing water and sodium to build up in the abdomen, legs, ankles, feet, lungs or other organs. Heart failure is a lifelong, chronic condition. But, by modifying your lifestyle and receiving treatment, encouragement, you can live a longer, more comfortable life.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure

Knowing the symptoms of heart failure can lead to faster, more precise treatment. The most common signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Buildup of excess fluid in the body tissues, swelling in legs or belly, sudden weight gain
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Lack of appetite or nausea
  • Confusion or impaired thinking
  • Increased heart rate

About the Borgess Heart Failure Program

Thanks to the Borgess Heart Failure Program, heart failure patients in southwest Michigan are learning to live with their disease more successfully than ever before.

Patients from all over the U.S. come to the Borgess Heart Institute for heart surgery and other cardiac treatments. Through the Borgess Heart Failure Program, we’ve applied this expertise to offer the highest-quality inpatient and outpatient care to help our patients manage their disease, remain active, and enjoy greater independence. We’re proud to have been awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, as well as earned national recognition from the American Heart Association.

The Heart Failure Clinic at Borgess is a multidisciplinary program designed to care for patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure as well as those heart failure patients who are recovering from cardiac procedures or even a stroke.

As a patient in the program, you can benefit from:

  • A heart failure team dedicated to helping you take a more active role in your treatment plan
  • Specialized services, such a phone follow-up care, home monitoring and treatment
  • Patient education on diet, exercise, medication management and symptom recognition
  • Cutting-edge treatment and technology options

Learn more by downloading the Borgess Heart Failure Program brochure.

The Full Continuum of Heart Failure Care

Our multidisciplinary team is with you every step of the way—to deliver the highest level of care in Southwest Michigan.

Inpatient Clinic

Our inpatient unit delivers advanced treatment interventions. This unit provides patiens with highly skilled care from experienced specialists, dedicated to improving heart failure outcomes.

Outpatient Clinic

Comprehensive outpatient Heart Failure Clinic where patients receive continuing care from an experienced team that includes physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioner and registered nurses.

Your First Visit

Your first visit will include:

  • An overview of what you can expect
  • A check of your vital signs, height, weight, and if needed, blood work or other testing
  • Education about managing your disease, including the importance of lifestyle changes
  • A consult with a pharmacist regarding your medications
  • A walking test, evaluation of your ability to exercise and review of our home-based exercise programs
  • Time to discuss any questions you may have

Following your first appointment, you will visit our clinic every 2-4 weeks or until your medication is adjusted to the appropriate level.  During this time, you can take advantage our heart failure helpline (269) 226.5197.

Our Team

  • Dr. Anthony King
  • Dr Min Luo
  • Dr. Ronald Zegerius
  • Sandra L. Pratt NP
  • Amy Shaffer RN

Contact Us

Heart Failure Clinic at Borgess
1722 Shaffer Street, Suite 3
Kalamazoo, MI 40948

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

General: (269) 226.5197
Appointments: (269) 226.5181
Fax: (269) 226.7911

If you need to reach someone after hours, please call (269) 381.3963 and ask to speak to the cardiologist on call.

*Closed on holidays