Heart failure doesn’t imply that your heart is not functional anymore. It simply means that the pumping potential of the heart has gone down drastically. Heart attacks, coronary heart diseases, etc. lead to the same. Irregular breathing, accompanied with difficulty in doing everyday work, exercises, etc. and constant huffing and puffing are the common signs of the same.
HOW IS HEART FAILURE DIAGNOSED?
The heart specialist will diagnose the condition by a physical examination and ask for details of medical history. A number of tests may be recommended which include:
• blood tests – to check whether there is anything in your blood that might indicate heart failure or some other illness
• breathing test – one may be asked to blow into a tube to check whether a lung problem is contributing to breathlessness
• an electrocardiogram (ECG) – this records the electrical activity of the heart
• an echocardiogram – where sound waves are used to examine your heart and check how well it is pumping and whether there are valve problems
HOW IS HEART FAILURE TREATED?
Treatment for heart failure depends on the extent of the problem. In the earlier or less severe cases, medication, controlled diet, etc. are suggested. In more severe situations, heart transplant, surgeries and intravenous inotropic drugs are recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can continue working once you are treated for Heart Failure, but you will need to plan your work schedule to reduce the strain.