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Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure occurs when the heart muscle stops pumping blood properly. Read all about it. Schedule Your Appointment Today.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure occurs when the heart muscle stops pumping blood properly. This condition can appear constantly (chronic) or suddenly (acute).



Causes

Some diseases, such as narrow arteries in the heart or high blood pressure, gradually leave the heart hard or weak so that it can fill and pump efficiently.


Treatments can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure and help to increase life expectancy.



Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath on exertion

  • Chest pain

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Swelling of legs, ankles, and feet

  • Irregular heartbeat abnormal heart rhythms

  • Frequent urination at night

  • Swollen abdomen 

  • Gain weight

  • Loss of appetite

  • Sickness

  • Unable to concentrate

  • Coughing up pink mucus 

 

 

Risk factors

  • Heart-Attack

  • Sleep apnea, trouble to breathe  while sleeping

  • Alcohol consumption

  • Tobacco use

  • Congenital Heart Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Consumption of certain Diabetes medications, it is necessary to consult your doctor about these

  • Coronary Artery Disease

  • Consumption of certain medications can increase the risk of having heart problems such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Arrhythmia medications, among others. Contact your doctor if you have questions about the medicines you are using.

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Obesity

  • Hypertension

  • Valve disease

  • Virus, viral infection

 

 

Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure 

The Cardiologist will perform exams and ask questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. Your Cardiologist may check other factors such as coronary artery disease or diabetes and high blood pressure. 

The Cardiologist can use a stethoscope to check for signs of congestion or detect abnormal heart sounds that may be causing heart failure. The Cardiologist may examine the veins in your neck for fluid accumulated in the abdomen and legs. 

We group some of the possible tests that could be carried out: 

 

 

 

Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure

The treatment your doctor provides will depend on the type of heart failure you have.

Remember that before consuming any medication, your Cardiologist must assess your particular case and tell you which is the most appropriate medication.

 

 

Living with Congestive Heart Failure 

Following the treatment provided by your Cardiologist and leading a healthy lifestyle could help improve quality of life.

 We group the following recommendations. 

  • Do regular and continued physical exercise 

  • Do not smoke

  • Maintain a healthy weight 

  • Maintain a low-salt diet 

  • Manage stress 

  • Eat healthily 

  • Get enough rest




¿When to see a doctor?

It is essential to consult a Cardiology specialist to diagnose Congestive Heart Failure and to be able to start a treatment that helps you control your symptoms. 


At the time of consulting your Cardiologist, try to keep a record of your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.


Go or call the emergency number +52 (624) 104 3911 for help immediately.


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