Congestive Heart Failure occurs when the heart muscle stops pumping blood properly. This condition can appear constantly (chronic) or suddenly (acute).
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.
Shortness of breath on exertion
Fatigue and weakness
Swelling of legs, ankles, and feet
Irregular heartbeat abnormal heart rhythms
Frequent urination at night
Loss of appetite
Unable to concentrate
Coughing up pink mucus
Sleep apnea, trouble to breathe while sleeping
Consumption of certain Diabetes medications, it is necessary to consult your doctor about these
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.
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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:
Chest X-Ray helps to see the state of the lungs and heart
Electrocardiogram records the electrical activity of the heart
Echocardiogram, produces video images of the heart, the size, and shape of the heart can be observed, in addition to any abnormality.
Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT Scan) allows images of the heart and chest to be seen and see if there is any risk of heart attack
Magnetic Resonance (MRI)
Coronary Angiography allows visualizing the arteries that supply blood to the heart and detect any obstruction in these
Myocardial biopsy, this test can recognize certain types of heart muscle diseases that can cause heart failure.
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
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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