Congestive Heart Failure

MR By MR, 24th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only. It does not claim to provide treatment and readers should consult their doctors.
Otherwise known as left-sided hear failure, congestive heart failures (since 2005, the word congestive is dropped) refer to a condition related to pulmonary congestion in which the left side of the heart is not able to pump blood coming from the lungs. This results in the building up of the fluids in the lungs causing medically pulmonary edema.

Causes and symptoms

Heart failures are caused by a combination of factors which develop over the years on account of coronary artery disease, high untreated blood pressure, and chronic lung disease, overworking of the heart or simply structural conditions relating to the heart that could be traced to birth defects also. Life style abuses as over use of alcohol or drugs or a virus, blood disorder all can cause heart disease as Cardiomyopathy. In conditions, where large parts of the heart’s muscles are dead, it can result in sudden heart failure.
Classic symptom could be traced to breathing difficulties, especially, a shortness of breath while lying down, swelling in the feet, ankles, legs and in some cases in the abdomen, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, cough accompanied with or without wheezing, inability to stay alert, fatigues and irritated, but the difficulties of detection lie in the fact that the symptoms may not outwardly manifest until the condition has negatively progressed significantly.

Likely treatment

Treatment naturally varies depending upon the severity of the condition. Irrespective of the stage of the condition of the heart, all would need a change in the life style that include following a disciplined living which restricts the intakes of salt & heavy meats, high fat dairy products and leading an active life style that includes exercises. Heart conditions are treated through multilateral medical methods. They may include prescriptions of ACE inhibitors or AR blockers, beta blockers, aldosterone blockers, hydrazine & nitrates diuretics, statins, blood thinning painkillers liker Aspirin (as an accompanying medicine). In those in whom it has progressed to advanced stages, surgery or implanting of devices as pacemakers may be needed.

Conclusions

Although the word congestive heart failure is commonly used to denote it more clearly in popular perception, the name was officially changed to simply 'heart failure' in the year 2005. This is to bring to the knowledge of people that heart congestion does not literally mean that the heart has ceased to beat. The chances of that happening are traced to heart attacks and by heart failure, it is meant that the functioning of the heart has wakened over the course of aging and is not able to pump out all the blood that enters its chambers. Consequently congestion is caused due to the accumulation of fluids in the lungs and tissues. This is what has given it its popular name 'congestive heart failure'.

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Fluids In The Lungs, Heart Disease, Hearts Muscles, Life Style, Pulmonary Congestion, Pulmonary Disease, Pulmonary Edema

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
25th Nov 2013 (#)

Very informative post!

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author avatar MR
25th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks again Fern.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
26th Nov 2013 (#)

Very interesting post and full of information, thank you, it taught me a lot

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author avatar MR
26th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Johnny. I appreciate.

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