Heart failure means that the heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as the body needs. Failure means that the heart is not pumping as well as it should. Symptoms of heart failure start to happen when the heart can't pump enough blood to the rest of the body. In the early stages, one may:
• Feel tired easily
• Be short of breath when you exert yourself
• Feel like your heart is pounding
• Feel weak or dizzy
HOW IS HEART FAILURE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis would be done by a coronary expert who would check for signs of different diseases and symptoms. Blood tests, chest x-ray, B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) blood test and stress test are done along with ECG or EKG.
HOW IS HEART FAILURE TREATED?
Treatment of heart failure depends on the severity of the disease. It is a chronic disease that needs lifelong management. Medications are used for relief from symptoms. Coronary bypass, heart valve replacement, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy are common surgical methods of treating heart failure.
DID YOU KNOW?
The best way to prevent heart failure is to control conditions that cause heart failure.