Congestive heart failure affects nearly 5.7 million people in the United States, resulting in approximately 300,000 deaths each year. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is too weak to pump enough blood to supply the body’s needs. In result, the body’s tissues do not receive adequate amounts of oxygenated blood for a healthy metabolism. While congestive heart failure can be an acute condition after a heart attack or other heart-related episode, it is often a chronic condition that worsens over time. If left untreated, congestive heart failure can produce devastating symptoms that put your overall health at great risk.
Corrielus Cardiology is where Philadelphia residents turn for excellence in integrative care for cardiovascular conditions. When it comes to diagnosing and treating congestive heart failure, Dr. Corrielus brings over 16 years of experience as a leading board certified non-invasive cardiologist. We use collaborative approach to restore your heart health and improve your overall wellness.
Symptoms & Causes of Congestive Heart Failure
Most symptoms develop over time as the condition progresses. Chronic congestive heart failure is commonly associated with the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing or wheezing
- Swelling in the feet, ankles, legs, or abdomen
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
Congestive heart failure can be traced to a number of difference causes. However, the most common causes include coronary artery disease (narrowing or blocked arteries), high blood pressure, leaky heart valves, heart attacks, and certain arrhythmias. At Corrielus Cardiology, the first step towards treating your congestive heart failure will be to pinpoint the specific cause. Our integrative cardiovascular care offers non-invasive treatment options that promote optimal heart health and help you live a more active and longer life.
Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure
Immediate treatment for acute congestive heart failure often involves a diuretic to remove excess fluid from the lungs. Depending on the cause of your heart failure, measures can be taken to repair blocked arteries, lower blood pressure and control local hormones that are toxic to the heart. At Corrielus Cardiology, we value the undeniable link between a healthy lifestyle and strong heart health. We are committed to educating patients within our Philadelphia community about the importance of proper nutrition, regular exercise and healthy lifestyle choices in order to help prevent and manage congestive heart failure.
Contact our office today to learn more about your treatment options for congestive heart failure.