Q1) What Is Heart Failure?
Heart Failure is when your heart does not pump blood properly. It does not mean your heart has stopped — it simply means your heart is working less efficiently.
In this condition, the muscles of your heart become weak.
When this happens, the heart is not able to pump oxygen-rich blood properly. Congestive heart failure is a chronic progressive condition.
Q2) What Are the Symptoms of Heart Failure?
Symptoms of heart failures are noticeable, and when you face any of them — do make sure to visit us for consultation.
The top 10 symptoms of heart failure are:
Q3) Does Heart Failure Cause Instant Death?
No. Heart Failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped. It means blood is not properly getting pumped. Your body requires rich oxygen blood to be circulated all across your body. When this process doesn't get executed properly, then it is said to be heart failure. It happens because of multiple reasons and is a result of weakened muscles of your heart.
Q4) What Causes Heart Failure?
Anything that weakens and damages your heart muscle can cause heart failure. There are multiple heart diseases which if not treated, can lead to heart failure. The most common ones are heart attacks and coronary artery disease. Other common causes of heart failure are:
Q5) Why Are African Americans at Greater Risk for HF?
African Americans are 50% more likely to develop heart failure when compared with other ethnic groups. African Americans have lower levels of nitric oxide in their blood. With nitric oxide, your blood vessels are more relaxed. It makes blood flow easier. Since African Americans often have less nitric oxide in their blood, their blood vessels narrow and harden. It causes high blood pressure and other heart problems, which eventually result in heart failure.
Q6) What Are the Types of Heart Failure?
There are mainly two types of heart failures:
1) Systolic Dysfunction: In this condition, less oxygen-rich blood is pumped into your body. This happens because the heart muscle doesn't contract with enough force to push enough blood into circulation. The left ventricle loses its ability to contract normally.
2) Diastolic Dysfunction: In this condition, less blood enters the heart during regular filling. The heart cannot fuel itself with blood during the resting period between each beat. Thus, during this process, the muscle becomes stiff and the left ventricle loses its ability to relax.
Q7) How Many Adults in the U.S. Have Been Diagnosed With Heart Failure?
The numbers are significant and astonishing. Around 6.5 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with heart failure.
According to American Heart Association, by 2030, more than 8 million people would have suffered through this unfortunate event.
However, with the best medical care facilities, you can survive heart failure. Are you facing other medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases? If yes, then you must take extra care of yourself.
Q8) What Are the Treatments for Heart Failure?
Now many treatment options are available.
You can't cure this, but you can control this condition.
With proper medication and by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you can surely handle heart failure. If you listen to your doctors, you can improve your quality of life. The best treatment is early diagnosis and quitting unhealthy practices.
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