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Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure is a condition where the heart fails to meet the body’s demands. Millions of people are hospitalized each year because of this condition and many have died from it. The key to surviving congestive heart failure is to recognize the symptoms and get medical attention as soon as possible. Some of the most common symptoms include: a rapid heartbeat, swelling in the legs and feet, weight gain, and shortness of breath.

The treatment prescribed by the doctor depends on many factors, including the severity of this condition. Many patients respond well to taking medication. Some of the medications that are commonly prescribed to treat congestive heart failure include: Ace Inhibitors, Lanoxin, beta blockers, and Diuretics. Most doctors prescribe patients two or more of those medications. Some patients may also have to have surgery to correct the underlying problem that caused the congestive heart failure.

Coronary bypass surgery can help treat this condition by increasing the blood flow to the heart. Surgeons also have the option of inserting a Implantable Cardioverter -defibrillator in the patient’s chest. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is a device that monitors the heart’s rhythm. If it detects an abnormal rhythm, it will shock the heart. The shock will restore a normal rhythm. Many patients do not respond to any type of treatment and will have to get a heart transplant. It is important to note that in most cases, congestive heart failure can be prevented. Leading a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in preventing this condition. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are conditions that can increase a person’s risk of developing congestive heart failure, so a person needs to make sure that he or she gets the proper treatment. Additionally, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly will also help prevent this condition.

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