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?
Internal Medicine is one of the first options the Cardiologist has to treat Heart Failure. Once the situation improves, the doctor might advise a lot of changes in the lifestyle of the affected person. Only through a combination of both, heart’s condition can be maintained.
DID YOU KNOW?
Making lifestyle changes can often help relieve signs and symptoms of heart failure and prevent the disease from worsening. These changes may be among the most important and beneficial that one can make.