Heart Failure 2Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesnt pump blood as well as it should. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the signs and symptoms of heart failure in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the hearts pumping function is inadequate to meet the bodys needs.
Heart failure becomes more common with advancing age. You are also at increased risk for developing heart failure if you are overweight, have diabetes, smoke cigarettes, and abuse alcohol or cocaine.
With heart failure, many organs dont receive enough oxygen and nutrients, which damages them and reduces their ability to function properly.
The symptoms of congestive heart failure vary among individuals. It depends on the particular organ systems involved and the degree to which the rest of the body has compensated for the heart muscle weakness. Symptoms may include:
Swelling of the feet and ankles
Swelling of the abdomen
Enlarged neck veins
Loss of appetite
Shortness of breath with activity or even lying down
Awaking in the middle of the night with shortness of breath
Irregular or rapid pulse
Decreased urine production
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.