SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF HEART FAILURE YOU DON’T KNOW.


SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF HEART FAILURE YOU DON’T KNOW.
Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently. Heart failure is a condition or a collection of symptoms that weaken your heart.
Heart failure can affect the right or left side of your heart, or both at the same time. It can be either an acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing) condition.
In acute heart failure, the symptoms appear suddenly but go away fairly quickly. This condition often occurs after a heart attack. It may also be a result of a problem with the heart valves that control the flow of blood in the heart.
In chronic heart failure, however, symptoms are continuous and don’t improve over time. The vast majority of heart failure cases are chronic.
SYMPTOMS OF HEART FAILURE
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when you exert yourself or when you lie down
Fatigue and weakness
Swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles and feet
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Reduced ability to exercise
Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged phlegm
Increased need to urinate at night
Swelling of your abdomen (ascites)
Very rapid weight gain from fluid retention
Lack of appetite and nausea
Difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness
Sudden, severe shortness of breath and coughing up pink, foamy mucus
Chest pain if your heart failure is caused by a heart attack
CAUSES OF HEART FAILURE
Heart failure is most often related to another disease or illness.
Cardiomyopathy, a disorder of the heart muscle that causes the heart to become weak
A congenital heart defect
A heart attack
Heart valve disease
Certain types of arrhythmias, or irregular heart rhythms
High blood pressure
Emphysema, a disease of the lung
Diabetes
An overactive or under active thyroid
HIV
AIDS
Severe forms of anemia
Certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy
Drug or alcohol misuse

Published by Ernest I.

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