According to the CDC, congestive heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization in men and women over the age of 65. Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support organs in your body. Heart failure is a serious condition, but it doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped.
Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure
- Abnormal breathing during periods of rest or exertion
- Chest pain
- Nausea, bloating and abdominal pain or swelling
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the feet, ankles and legs
The progressive attempt of the heart to properly pump blood and congestion due to fluid retention is called congestive heart failure. When you have congestive heart failure your heart continues to work it just doesn’t work with the efficiency of a healthy heart. Your weakened heart beats faster and the pumping chamber of your heart or ventricle has to work double time to pump blood throughout your body.
The added strain causes the ventricle to become enlarged and even less effective as a pumping chamber. The decreased blood flow through your body signals your kidneys to compensate by retaining more water and salt. This overcompensation causes congestion and leads to a buildup of fluid in your lungs and surrounding body tissues.
Your cardiologist will prescribe medication to reduce the fluid that builds up around the heart. Diagnosed early is the key to managing this disease. Don’t ignore the symptoms and call your Top10MD cardiologist.
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