Heart Failure

Friday, March 24, 2017

Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart doesnt pump blood as well as it should. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Heart failure is one of the most common causes of heart-related illness and death. It 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 happen when the vessels that carry blood away from your heart get blocked, especially after a heart attack.

Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and ankles, and unexplained weight gain.

Treatment can include medication 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 may be able to help you 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.