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Congestive Heart Failure: Symptoms and Treatment

About


A chronic condition affecting the pumping power of your heart muscles.


Roughly, 670,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year.(1)


- Not self-diagnosable
- Requires laboratory tests or image testing
- Can happen to both men and women


Chronic heart failure (CHF) happens when the heart cannot pump (systolic) or fill (diastolic) adequately. It may result from your health condition that directly affects your cardiovascular system. The causes may include hypertension, valve conditions, and other conditions. It is more common in older people above 65 years old.


Age affected: between 19-40 - often; above 40 - most often


Symptoms


- Sudden pain in the chest.
- Dizziness, fatigue, inability to exercise, and loss of appetite.
- Shortness of breath, swollen legs, and rapid heartbeat.
- Water retention or bloating.
- Excess urination at night, palpitations, swollen feet, swollen legs, or weight gain


Treatment


Self-care: Your doctor may ask you to do physical exercise, low sodium diet, quit smoking, and be asked to reduce weight.


Medications: Your doctor may prescribe antihypertensive drugs and other medicines depending on your heart condition.


Specialists: Consult a cardiologist. At mfine, you can connect with a cardiologist who would help you understand better about your heart health and help you treat it with a complete treatment program.

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