Heart Failure 3

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Congestive heart failure is a serious condition, but there are treatments that can improve your symptoms and even extend your life. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about treatment of heart failure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Congestive heart failure is a dangerous and deadly disease. Patients can minimize the effects of heart failure by controlling the risk factors for heart disease. This includes stopping smoking, losing weight if necessary, abstaining from alcohol and making dietary changes. Regular, modest exercise is also helpful for many patients.

Your physician will help determine the cause of heart failure. These include:

blockage in the arteries to the heart

abnormal heart valve function

thyroid disease

replacement of heart muscle with scar tissue, and

idiopathic, or no known cause

Structural heart problems like artery blockage or valve disease may need surgical correction. Metabolic problems like thyroid disease can be treated with medications.

There are several medications that have been proven to relieve symptoms and extend the life of people with heart failure. Some patients benefit from pacemakers.

Regardless of treatment, you need to follow all of your health care providers recommendations and make the necessary changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle.

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