Congestive Heart Failure occurs when your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. This can cause symptoms including shortness of breath or fatigue. Lifestyle changes including diet changes and regular exercise can improve symptoms and life expectancy.
Fluid can back up in your lungs which can cause shortness of breath.
Fluid can back up into your abdomen, legs or feet which can cause swelling.
A type of Left-Sided Heart Failure where the Left Ventricle is unable to contract normally. This causes a pumping problem where the heart cannot properly pump blood to the rest of the body.
A type of Left-Sided Heart Failure where the Left Ventricle is unable to relax normally because the heart muscle is stiff. This causes a filling problem where the heart cannot properly fill with blood.
CAD is the build-up of fat and cholesterol in your arteries which can cause reduced blood flow to the heart or a heart attack. This can cause the heart to miss out on oxygen and can cause Heart Failure.
A heart attack can damage the the heart muscle and cause scarring that prevents the heart from functioning properly.
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart that makes it difficult for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body.
High Blood Pressure occurs when the force of blood pushing against the arteries is too high. As your heart continues to work harder to pump blood, your heart can stiffen and its ability to pump blood efficiently is reduced.
Renal Failure occurs when the kidneys lose their ability to function as well as they should. They are no longer able to effectively filter waste and extra fluid from your blood.
Your doctor will have recommendations on ways to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Reducing your risk factors can also help.
Chest pain, fainting or severe weakness, or sudden, severe shortness of breath accompanied by mucus. These could be signs of a more severe problem and you should contact your doctor and 911.
Exercise is important to reduce symptoms and reduce the risk factors for heart failure. Always start with a warm-up before activity and slowly add in exercise into your routine. Discuss exercise with your doctor.
Discuss any over-the-counter medications that you shouldn't take with your medications with your doctor.
Heart related conditions that increase your risk of heart failure are
Additionally, other medical conditions including
There are also lifestyle factors that can increase your risk for heart failure. They include
Additionally, being older than 65 increases your risk.
It is important to reduce your risk factors by managing your medications and making lifestyle changes.
Medications may be an option to reduce symptoms and improve heart function. There are a few different options to treat different symptoms and contributing factors.
Discuss with your doctor.
Following a low-sodium diet may help control the symptoms of heart failure and reduce your risk for other heart problems. Since sodium balances the amount of fluid in your bloodstream, reducing your intake can reduce the amount of fluid in your body and the symptoms of heart failure. Sodium is often added to processed foods.
It is important to work with your doctor to manage treatment as your disease progresses over time. Lifestyle changes can help reduce symptoms and increase life expectancy, Some of the changes you can make include:
Resynchronization therapy is an treatment used to improve symptoms in patients whose ventricles don't contract in the correct order. It involves pacing the right side of the heart and the left side of the heart independently.
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