Understanding Heart Failure:
The first, and most important thing to realize when dealing with a heart failure, is to understand that this condition is very different from a heart attack, nor does it mean that your heart has stopped working. A heart failure, to be clear, means that your heart&'s pumping power is weaker than normal. This means that the blood which moves through the heart and body does so at a slower rate, thus increasing the pressure in the heart. This results in the heart not being able to pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body&'s requirements.
Symptoms Of A Heart Failure:
Heart failure is not a disease by itself, but the accumulation of a number of signs and heart failure symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders. The severity of the symptoms of heart failure will depend on the nature of the underlying cardiac disease, and the rate at which this condition can develop.
Symptoms of heart failure are caused due to congestion and fluid collection in the lungs, legs or abdomen, and the heart&'s inability to pump efficiently enough to match the demands of the organs and tissues in the body. Signs of heart failure can include:
Causes of Heart Failure:
Heart failure can be caused by a number of conditions that damage the heart muscle. This includes:
Treatment of Heart Failure:
The first step for heart failure treatment requires the underlying cause of this condition to be arrested and removed. While general health measures include getting enough rest, administrating oxygen, sedation, or salt and fluid restriction, your doctor can prescribe medication that will include:
In cases where these treatment procedures may not be effective, your doctor may also suggest the use of surgical treatment, which can include Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, to treat ischemia, valvular disease surgery, to help restore heart size and geometry, as well as ventricular assist devices. In extreme cases, a heart transplant may also be suggested.
The Apollo Clinic Experience:
At Apollo Clinic, our team of specialists are here to help you through this trying time. Our expert internists, cardiologists and heart failure specialists will help to accurately diagnose the underlying cause that is resulting in distress to the heart muscles.
This will include a complete analysis of your case history, accurate measurement of symptoms as well as tests that include blood tests, Chest X-Ray, echocardiogram, ejection fraction, stress tests, cardiac catheterization, CT coronary angiogram and cardiac MRI.
Post evaluation, the correct treatment procedure will be suggested and implemented by our experts, which will be conducted at our state-of-the-art facilities, which are managed by trained nursing staff and personnel. If you feel that you, or someone you may know, is suffering from the symptoms of heart failure, immediately get in touch with our specialists timely intervention and support