Heart Failure 1Monday, July 13, 2015
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is when
the heart cant keep up with its workload. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Heart failure occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood through the body. The loss in pumping action is most commonly a symptom of an underlying heart problem, such as coronary artery disease.
Heart failure usually develops slowly, often over years, as the heart gradually loses its pumping ability and works less efficiently. Some people may not become aware of their condition until symptoms appear years after their heart began its decline.
Symptoms of heart failure include,
shortness of breath with even minimal exertion such as climbing stairs
increased edema or fluid in the legs
difficulty breathing when lying flat, and
awakening at night short of breath
The severity of the condition determines the impact it has on a persons life. The mild form of heart failure may have little effect on a persons life; severe heart failure can interfere with even simple activities and prove fatal.
Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent serious problems or even death from heart failure.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.