Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood or get enough blood. A physician at your local hospital can help you learn more about this condition and how it will affect you. If you have heart failure, it’s critical to work closely with a cardiac care team at your local hospital to develop a treatment plan. Although there is no cure for heart failure, various treatment options and lifestyle modifications can improve your wellness and reduce your risk of complications from heart failure.
Heart failure occurs as the heart gradually weakens over time due to conditions that can inflict damage or stress upon the heart muscles. You’re at a higher risk of suffering heart failure if you have certain cardiovascular conditions such as coronary heart disease or high blood pressure. Diabetes, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, thyroid disorders, and cancer treatments may also lead to heart failure. Other risk factors include getting too much vitamin E, being overweight, engaging in illegal drug use, or abusing alcohol. Certain risk factors are uncontrollable, such as being African-American, male, or at least 65 years old.
Heart failure results in fluid buildup in the body, which causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, problems breathing, fatigue, and edema. Edema refers to swelling. The symptoms typically worsen as the heart grows progressively weaker. The symptoms may also worsen with physical exertion.
Early detection of heart failure is critical because when patients undergo treatments sooner, they have a better chance of extending their lives and improving their quality of life. Physicians often prescribe medications such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and beta blockers. It’s also important for patients to follow a heart-healthy diet, avoid alcohol, lead an active lifestyle, and consume fluids in accordance with a doctor’s instructions. Surgery may benefit those with severe heart failure.
Since 1989, the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been among Florida’s most comprehensive hospitals for heart care. Our hospital offers personalized treatment with state-of-the-art technology, in addition to our cardiovascular support group and ICD support group. Families in Hudson, FL and beyond are invited to call our hospital at (888) 741-5119 or browse our website for more information.