Heart FailureAn Overview
What is heart failure?
Congestive heart failure, also called heart failure, occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. The heart is designed to pump oxygen-rich blood to other parts of the body. When the heart struggles to meet the body’s demand for oxygen-rich blood, it weakens. When the heart weakens, it can no longer supply oxygen-rich blood to the through the necessary channels, resulting in further complications to the heart, organs, and body.
Heart failure is a severe medical condition that requires immediate medical attention. Due to advancements in cardiovascular medicine, patients are receiving the treatment they need to manage their symptoms and live a fulfilled life. Although heart failure has no direct cure, there are various treatments available to help patients manage their symptoms.
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Heart Failure What to Expect
What causes heart failure?
There is a wide range of medical conditions that may lead to heart failure. Anyone can develop heart failure. However, it is more likely to happen as you age. The leading causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, previous heart attack, diabetes, and cardiomyopathy. Other factors such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, and heart defects may also contribute to heart failure.
What are symptoms of heart failure?
Symptoms of heart failure may include:
- Heart palpitations
- Irregular and rapid heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing
- Fluid retention
How is heart failure diagnosed?
After a full examination, your cardiologist will determine what test and procedures should be performed to identify the cause of heart failure. A cardiologist may order one or more of these test to diagnose heart failure
How is heart failure treated?
Treatment for congestive heart failure depends on the underlying condition and the severity of heart failure. A doctor will perform a series of test to determine the best way to manage your symptoms and improve the quality of life. Advancement in cardiovascular technology and medicine help patients with heart failure live longer, more active lifestyles. The goal of treatments is to:
- Address the underlying reason for heart failure
- Minimize symptoms
- Stop heart failure from progressing
- Improve a patient’s quality of life
Treatments for congestive heart failure may include ongoing cardiovascular care, implantable cardiac device, medication, or heart transplant surgery.