Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump enough oxygen rich blood throughout the body and to other organs in the body.
There are many causes for having Congestive heart failure. Some of the causes are narrowed arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, past heart attack history or myocardial infarction (medical term for a heart attack), high blood pressure, heart valve disease due to past rheumatic fever, primary disease of heart muscle itself, heart defects that are present at birth, or infection of the heart valves and heart muscle.
Congestive Heart failure is a congestion that develops when fluids back up into a persons lungs and then leaks into the tissues. The heart has two different sides the left side and the right side. The symptoms of a heart failure on the right side of the ...view middle of the document...
I am not positive what side of the heart failed in my dad’s but from the symptoms it is safe to say that it was the left side.
When symptoms of CHF prove to be true a diagnosis must be confirmed. A diagnosis can be confirmed by physical examination, patient history, and various tests. During a physical examination a physician looks for an underlying cause. While reviewing a patient’s history alcohol and drug use is reviewed as well as history of hypertension, prior chest pains or heart attack, recent viral illness, or recent pregnancy. The various tests in a thorough diagnosis include an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram. Another test that a person may have to take is seeing how many blocks a person can walk without being short of breath.
If the diagnosis comes back that congestive heart failure is indeed the problem, treatment is needed. The treatment includes a life style changes the hope is lessening symptoms, decreasing hospitalization, and improving life expectancy. A low sodium diet is almost always necessary. The amount of fluids that one person usually drinks will need to be lowered for someone with congestive heart failure. Aerobic exercise is also recommended for someone with heart problems. A lot of exercise isn’t too healthy for the heart but the heart has to have some exercise.
For the statistics of Congestive heart failure in 1990 CHF was the cause of death for 38,000 people and 92% percent of those deaths were people over the age of 65 years.
For more recent stats, heart failure effects 1% of people near the age of 50 (my dad was 48 when he had his heart attack that ended his life) 5% of people around the age of 75 and 25% of people around the age of 85 years. The article also said that heart failure is the #1 reason for Medicare patients to have to go to the hospital. In the United States about 5 million people have heart failure and that number will only continue to grow.