Congestive Heart Failure 1

Monday, November 07, 2011

Congestive Heart Failure is a common and deadly disease. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the leading causes of this serious health problem.

Dr. Hill:

Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to adequately pump blood through the body.

The leading causes of heart failure are:

Coronary artery disease, or blockage in the heart arteries

High blood pressure

Diabetes

Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle

Diseases of the heart valves

Cardiac arrhythmias, and

Congenital heart disease, a heart defect present at birth.

Other conditions that may injure the heart muscle and lead to heart failure include:

Treatments for cancer such as radiation and certain chemotherapy drugs,

Thyroid disordersfrom either high or low thyroid levels,

Alcohol abuse,

Viral infections of the heart muscle, and

Cocaine and other drug use.

The best treatment for heart failure is prevention, by avoiding the heart damage in the first place. Heart failure can be a deadly disease, especially if not diagnosed early and treated aggressively.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.