Heart failure or congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to meet the body’s needs. Coronary artery disease is the common cause of heart failure. Symptoms are:
• Shortness of breath
• Fatigue and weakness
• Rapid or irregular heartbeat
• Increased urge to urinate at night
• Lack of appetite or nausea
• Chest pain
• Sudden sweat
HOW IS HEART FAILURE DIAGNOSED?
There are many tests to diagnose the condition of Heart Failure, after the Cardiologist has made the routine examination and checked your health condition, particularly related to any disorders like diabetes, kidney ailments or the like, a chest X-ray might be called for. Another tool is the Echocardiogram which can tell the doctor the exact status of the heart’s pumping.
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?
The best way to prevent heart failure is to control conditions that cause heart failure.