Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022 - Function Not Failure
The Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022 falls from February 13, 2022, to February 19, 2022, this year. It is a nationwide campaign that sheds light on all the risk factors, symptoms and signs, and treatment of heart failure.
Heart failure is a progressive condition where our heart can lose the ability to pump blood to further fulfill our body's needs. The term "heart failure" might denote that our heart stops functioning altogether, but there is still hope. This is exactly what the Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022 is all about. We still have hope.
The theme for this year's Heart Failure Awareness Week is - Heart Success: Function Not Failure. The theme also tries to shed light on everything that can be done to treat heart failures on the basis of how someone's heart functions.
What Do You Mean By Heart Failure?
Heart failure can happen when someone's heart is not able to pump enough blood and supply enough oxygen that is necessary to support other organs in our bodies. Heart failure is an alarming concern for everyone. However, it definitely does not mean that one's heart has completely stopped working/functioning.
Heart failure is also called congestive heart failure due to the buildup of fluid inside one's lungs, liver, legs as well as feet. Heart failure is an extremely serious condition that happens when the body's blood and oxygen needs are not met. This happens because our heart muscles become too weak to pump the right amount of blood and oxygen. Most cases of heart failure are chronic and long-term.
Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022 - Facts
1. Over 6 million adults in the United States alone have had heart failure.
2. Just a couple of years ago, heart failure was the primary cause of 379,800 deaths in the country. It is roughly estimated to be approximately 13.4% of total deaths in the US.
3. Heart failure also cost our country over $30 billion in just 2012. This figure includes overall healthcare and treatment costs, medications, and missing days from work.
Risk Factors For Heart Failure
This Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022, know what medical conditions increase one's risk for heart failure.
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is one of the most common forms of heart disease and heart attack.
- High blood pressure
- Valvular heart diseases
Other conditions that pertain to heart diseases are Angina, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Arrhythmias, Pulmonary Hypertension, etc.
Other unhealthy behavioral factors also increase the risk of heart failure in a person, especially those who have any or all of the conditions listed above. Some unhealthy behavior can include:
- Tobacco consumption
- Eating food rich in fats
- High cholesterol levels
- Consuming too much sodium
- Not getting a lot of exercise and physical activity
- Consuming a lot of alcohol
Symptoms Of Heart Failure
Here are some symptoms of heart failure that you should know about this Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022:
- Shortness of breath doing daily tasks
- Troublesome breathing patterns while lying down
- Weight gain with some sort of swelling in the stomach, feet, legs, and ankles
- Generally feeling weak and tired
Treating A Heart Failure
Diagnosing and treating heart diseases early on can improve the overall length and quality of life for everyone with heart failure. Treatment for the same usually involves a few of the following steps and measures:
- Consuming the right medication
- Reducing your overall sodium and fat intake
- Getting excess salt as well as water removed from your blood
- Drinking fewer liquids
- Heart transplant or other forms of surgeries
- Indulging in physical activities on a daily basis
People with heart failures can track their symptoms daily to discuss them further with their healthcare professionals and come to possible solutions.
Prognosis Of People With Heart Failure
Life expectancy for people with heart failure can depend on multiple factors. Therefore, it is not a one-size-fits-all kind of situation for everyone. So, when you are actually looking at a large number of people with heart failure, everyone will have a different diagnosis.
Overall, in usual cases, 50% of people's average life expectancy will be five years. Patients might also have less severe heart failure if they have access to treatments and medications, good renal function, a healthy lifestyle, and normal blood sugar. People with access to these treatment options will have a better life expectancy rate than any other average heart failure patient.
People with a severe and advanced problem, with other non-cardiac conditions such as poor kidney function or a poorly controlled diabetes level, might have a lower life expectancy. As far as patients with severe and/or advanced heart failure are concerned, there would be only 10-20% of people who would stay alive beyond a year of such an incident.
How To Live With Heart Failure?
Heart failure in itself is an extremely life-altering and dangerous disease. However, with certain lifestyle changes and appropriate disease management, people can maintain a consistent quality of life for a longer duration. So, understanding one's condition and remaining educated is extremely crucial to achieving success.
This Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022, incorporate the following steps presented below to understand clearly and stay ahead to emerge victorious as far as heart failure is concerned!
Be educated (or educate!)
Knowledge truly is power! It is important that not just you but others around you have a clear understanding of what heart failure is. You must know all symptoms, risk factors, treatment options, and other things that are necessary to know about the health concern!
Stay up today with your medication.
Ensure you can take all the necessary medication prescribed to you, directed by your healthcare provider. It is crucial for the health of your heart. Ensure you are taking the correct doses, so you are fine-tuned in the coming times. Don't randomly stop taking your medication without consulting your healthcare provider. If you have concerns about side effects, reach out to your doctor immediately.
Changes to your diet
Watch your diet! Ensure you consume less salt and less fluid (juices, drinks, or even sodas!). Ensure you are making all necessary changes to your diet to prevent your heart from having to work extremely hard. Talk to your dietician to make sure you understand the kind of dietary changes you should be making for your heart health.
Apart from making dietary changes, ensure you are indulging in physical activity of any sort. Ensure you talk to your healthcare provider to form the right exercise regime for your heart health.
Manage your weight
Weigh yourself daily, especially when you are at risk of heart failure. If you come across massive changes in your weight, it could signal that your medication or your diet requires some tweaks and adjustments to suit you better!
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