Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body. Congestive heart failure can be caused by diseases that weaken the heart muscle, cause stiffening of the heart muscle, or that increase oxygen demand by the body tissue beyond the capability of the heart to deliver adequate oxygen-rich blood.
While the symptoms of congestive heart failure vary among individuals according to the particular organ systems involved, in general, symptoms of congestive heart failure include shortness of breath, especially when you exert yourself or when you lie down, fatigue and weakness, swelling in exterminates, irregular heartbeat, inability to exercise, chest pain, or difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness.
Many diseases can impair the pumping efficiency of the heart leading to congestive heart failure including, but not limited to, Coronary Artery Disease, faulty heart valves, high blood pressure, Myocarditis, Congenital Heart Defect, abnormal heart rhythms, Diabetes, liver poisoning, and severe anemia.
To find out if you have Congestive Heart Failure, it can be discovered through a number of tests. Some of the most common tests are blood tests, chest x-rays, EKG, and MRIs. Unfortunately there is no cure for heart failure, However, with treatment, signs and symptoms of heart failure can improve and the heart can become stronger. Doctors can correct heart failure by treating the underlying cause. For example, repairing a heart valve or controlling a fast heart rhythm may reverse heart failure. But for most people, the treatment of heart failure involves a balance of the right medications, and in some cases, devices that help the heart beat and contract properly.
If you believe you are experiencing Congestive Heart Failure or are experiencing any heart related symptoms please contact us at 321-751-3389 to set up an appointment today so you can get the treatment you need from a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist