Heart Failure

Friday, February 25, 2011

Congestive heart failure is one of the most common causes of heart-related illness and death in the United States. Dr. Edward Hill discusses heart failure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Congestive heart failure happens when the heart cant pump enough blood through your body. The blood backs up and fluid clogs your veins, tissues and lungs.

Many things can cause heart failure, such as high blood pressure, an infection, damaged valves inside the heart or severe lung disease. It can also be caused by a blockage in the vessels that carry blood away from your heart, especially after a heart attack.

Some symptoms of heart failure can include fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, swelling of the feet and ankles and weight gain.

Your doctor may give you medicine to ease the amount of work your heart has to do, get rid of the extra fluid in your body and improve the way your heart pumps.

Even with treatment, heart failure is a serious disease. Treatment can usually help you live normally and live longer with fewer symptoms. Your doctor will still need to monitor the disease that caused your heart failure.

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