What is heart failure?
Friends, let us tell you that heart failure is characterized by the inability of the heart to pump adequate supply of blood to the body. And with that, without adequate blood flow, all the major functions of the body get disrupted. And heart failure is a condition or a collection of symptoms that weakens your heart.
It should be noted that in some people with heart failure, it is difficult for their heart to pump enough blood to support other parts of the body. And it can thus lead to hardening and hardening of the heart muscle in other people, and that is, it can either block or reduce blood flow to the heart.
Friends, let us tell you that heart failure can affect the right side of your heart and either it can affect the left side or both at the same time. This and it can be either an acute (short-term) or a chronic (ongoing) condition.
It should be noted that only in acute heart failure, these symptoms appear suddenly but go away quite quickly so that condition is a often occurs after the heart attack. And at the same time, it may also be the result of a problem with the heart valves that control the flow of blood to the heart.
It should be noted that in chronic heart failure, however, these symptoms are persistent and do not improve with time. So that’s Most case of the heart failure are chronic.
In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 6.2 million Americans have heart failure. And that is, most of these people are men. However, women are more likely to die of heart failure when the condition is left untreated.
Friends, this heart failure is a serious medical condition that requires treatment. And at the same time, that early treatment increases your chances of a long-term recovery with fewer complications. And with this, only if I have any symptoms of heart failure, contact your doctor immediately.
What are the symptoms of heart failure?
The symptoms of heart failure may include:
- as if you were tired
- sudden weight gain
- you are not hungry
- you get that persistent cough
- irregular heart rate
- you have heart palpitations
- swelling of your abdomen
- you have difficulty breathing
- foot and with it I he swollen your ankle
- bulging neck veins
What causes heart failure?
This heart failure is often related to another condition. And the most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease (CAD), the same disorder that causes narrowing of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. In addition, there are other conditions that can significantly.
increase your risk for developing heart failure, including:
- cardiomyopathy, a disorder of the heart or heart muscle that causes the heart to become weak
- such as congenital heart disease
- you have a heart attack
- and this heart valve disease
- And it’s just some kind of arrhythmia, and either this irregular heart rhythm;
- And with that I have that high blood pressure
- emphysema, a lung disease
- and this is either an overactive or underactive thyroid
And also I have severe form of anemia
And that’s only for some cancer treatments, like chemotherapy.
substance and either alcohol abuse
What are the different types of heart failure?
Friends, if you do not know, then tell you that this heart failure can happen in the left and or right side of your heart so this, it’s a also possible for the two sides of your heart to fail at the same time.
In addition, heart failure is classified as either diastolic or systolic.
Left sided heart failure
Let us tell you that left-sided heart failure is the most common type of heart failure.
Tell friends that this left heart ventricle is located in the lower left part of your heart. And this area also pumps that oxygenated blood to the rest of your body.
Let us tell you that this is left-sided heart failure and that is when the left ventricle does not pump efficiently. And at the same time, it prevents your body from getting enough oxygenated blood. And that instead this blood backs up into your lungs, and that’s what causes shortness of breath and fluid buildup.
Right-sided heart failure
Let us tell you that this right heart ventricle is responsible for collecting oxygen only, it is responsible for pumping this blood to your lungs only. And also that right side and that in your heart failure occurs when that right side of your heart is not able to do its job effectively.
Friends, it usually starts with left-sided heart failure. And at the same time, due to left-sided heart failure, this accumulation of blood in the lungs itself makes the right ventricle difficult. And also I think it can put a lot of pressure on the right side of the heart and that can make it fail.
It should be noted that this lung disease, like other conditions, can also result in right-sided heart failure. And with that right-sided heart failure marked by swelling of the lower extremities. And this is because of the fluid backup in your swollen legs, feet and abdomen.
Diastolic heart failure
Explain that this diastolic heart failure occurs when your heart muscle becomes harder than normal so this Stiffness a which usually and caused by the heart disease so that’s means your heart does not fill with blood easily. And with this it is known as diastolic dysfunction. And at the same time, it leads to a decrease in blood flow to the rest of your body.
It should be noted that diastolic heart failure is more common in women than in men.
Systolic heart failure
So that’s systolic a heart failure and occurs when the heart muscle of loses its ability to the contract And this contraction of your heart is necessary to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. And also, this problem is known as systolic dysfunction, and it usually develops when your heart is weak and enlarged.
So let us tell you that systolic heart failure is more common and more common in men than in women.
Friends, both diastolic as well as systolic heart failure can occur in either the left or right side of the heart. And this can happen to you on either side of the heart.
What are the risk factors for heart failure?
Please tell that this heart failure can happen to anyone. And even though only a few factors can greatly increase your risk of developing the condition.
Men have a higher incidence of heart failure than women, and although the prevalence is the same for all genders.
Even in people with diseases that damage your heart, they are at increased risk so These diseases include:
- like this anemia
- and that hypothyroidism
- and emphysema
This behavior can increase your risk of developing heart failure, if only a few, and it includes:
- like you smoke
- and eating foods high in fat and either cholesterol and then
- And with that I don’t get enough exercise
- and not managing that weight
How is your heart failure diagnosed?
This physical exam: Tell friends that your doctor can do a physical exam to check your symptoms of heart failure. And such as this, for example, swelling of your legs, accompanied by an irregular heart rate, and bulging of veins in the neck can prompt your doctor to diagnose heart failure.
And let us tell you that this single echocardiogram is the most effective way to diagnose your heart failure. And it’s just that he uses sound waves to make detailed pictures of your heart, and that’s what allows your doctor to evaluate the damage to your heart as well as the underlying cause of your condition. helps to determine. In addition, your doctor may use an echocardiogram along with other tests.
How is heart failure treated?
Friends, let us tell you that the treatment of heart failure depends on the severity of your condition. And with this, early treatment can improve symptoms quite quickly, but you should still have regular tests every 3 to 6 months. And with this, the main goal of this treatment is to increase your life.
Let us tell you that it is only in the early stages of your heart failure It may then be treated with medications to help relieve your symptoms and prevent your condition from getting worse.
Some medicines are prescribed:
- Let us tell you that it improves the ability of your heart to pump blood.
- and at the same time reduce blood clotting
- and lower your heart rate for as long as it’s necessary
- And also remove that extra sodium and at the same time replenish potassium levels
- And it then lowers the cholesterol level
These drugs may include:
- And that’s a blood thinner
- And that’s an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor
- and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
- like this beta blocker
- calcium channel blockers
- And that’s cholesterol-lowering drugs
Please tell that always talk to your doctor before taking these new medicines. In addition, some medications are completely off-limits for people with heart failure, including naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) as well as ibuprofen (Advil, Midol).
Bypass surgery: Note that some people with heart failure will need surgery, such as coronary bypass surgery. During this surgery, and at the same time, your surgeon will take a healthy piece of an artery and connect it to a blocked coronary artery. And it then allows blood to bypass the blocked, damaged artery and flow through the new one as well.
Let us tell you that your doctor may also suggest angioplasty. And then in this procedure, a small balloon with a catheter is either blocked and inserted into the artery narrowing it. Once the catheter is in the damaged artery, your surgeon inflates a balloon to open the artery.
Also, your surgeon may need to place a permanent stent in the blocked artery, and either a wire mesh tube. And in addition, that one stent keeps your artery open permanently and at the same time that artery and this can be very helpful in preventing it from narrowing too much.
Friends, let us tell you that only those with heart failure will need a pacemaker to help control the heart’s rhythm. And that’s when these small devices are kept in the chest. And that when your heart is beating too fast, they can slow down your heart rate and either increase your heart rate if your heart is beating too slowly. And along with that, pacemakers are often used in conjunction with bypass surgery as well as medications.
and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) An ICD is a battery-operated device that monitors your heart rate and will shock your heart if it detects an abnormal heart rhythm. And this blow returns the heart rate to a normal rhythm. And also an ICD is suggested for people with that ejection fraction (how much blood your heart pumps with each contraction) less than 35 percent.
It should be noted that heart transplantation is used in the late stages of heart failure and when all other treatments have failed. During a transplant, your surgeon removes all or part of your heart and replaces it with a donor heart.
How can you prevent heart failure?
Some lifestyle measures may help treat heart failure and prevent the condition from developing. And at the same time, managing that weight and doing this exercise regularly can significantly reduce your risk of heart failure. And even reducing the amount of salt in your diet can also reduce your risk.
Other habits that can prevent heart failure include:
- such as limiting alcohol consumption
- and you ain’t smoking
- as well as avoiding foods high in fat and substances that
- So this getting a right amount then sleep you need.
What are the complications of heart failure?
So this Untreated heart failure can be a eventually and that lead to congestive heart failure (CHF) so that’s condition in which a blood builds up in other areas of your body. And that in this potentially life-threatening situation, you can experience this fluid retention in your own organs as well as in your organs, such as that liver as well as that in the lungs.
And additional complications of heart failure may include:
- and it hurt
- and this thromboembolism
- and arrhythmias, such as this atrial fibrillation
- you have a heart attack
- You can also have a heart attack as a result of a complication related to a heart attack.
And tell that to call 911 or your local emergency services right away if you have these symptoms:
- pain in your chest
- discomfort in your chest, and he or she feels like squeezing it and either this tightness
- Discomfort in your upper body, including numbness and either chills to you
- tired you
- make you dizzy
- your rapid heart rate
- make you vomit
- your nausea
- you have a cold sweat.
What is the long-term outlook for people with heart failure?
Let us tell you that your heart failure is usually a long-term condition and one in which it requires constant treatment only to prevent complications. And with that, when heart failure is left untreated, your heart can become so severely weakened that it can become life-threatening.
Friends, it is important to recognize that heart failure can happen to anyone. And this is something you should take lifelong preventive measures for your heart health. And that’s why always check with your doctor and that if you have any sudden new or unexplained symptoms and those that could indicate a problem with your heart.
And note that this is because heart failure is often a chronic condition, and that your symptoms are likely to worsen over time. So that Medications well a surgery so can help a relieve in your symptoms and then these are treatments and may not help so if you have a severe case of heart failure. And that in very few cases, that heart failure can be life-threatening.
It should be noted that early treatment is important only to prevent the most severe cases of heart failure. And be sure to call your doctor right away if you are showing signs of heart failure and either if you think you have the condition.