Heart Failure An Overview
What is heart failure?
Congestive heart failure, also simply 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 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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Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute is committed to providing patients with personalized, comprehensive heart and vascular care. Our modern facility is equipped with the latest technology in cardiac and vascular imaging.
Our comprehensive team of cardiologists, board-certified physicians, and electrophysiologists is uniquely qualified to diagnose and address various heart and vascular concerns. To learn more about diagnosing and treating heart failure, visit one of our Dayton, OH offices.
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 the symptoms of heart failure?
Symptoms of heart failure can range from mild and moderate to very severe. Some patients even report no symptoms at all. It all depends on how weak or strong your heart is at the time. Symptoms may include:
- Heart palpitations
- Irregular and rapid heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing
- Fluid retention
How is heart failure diagnosed?
We highly recommend getting diagnosed with congestive heart failure if you have experienced any of the above symptoms. After a full examination, your cardiologist will determine what tests and procedures should be performed to identify the cause of heart failure. A cardiovascular specialist may order one or more of these tests 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 Buckeye Heart & Vascular physician will perform a series of tests to determine the best way to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Advancements 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. Contact Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute for more information regarding diagnosis and treatments. Schedule a visit online today.