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Heart failure is a serious condition that affects about 6 million American adults. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and other symptoms. The good news is that you can manage these symptoms and stay healthier longer.
The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for adults with heart failure. Our multidisciplinary team includes specially trained heart failure cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurse practitioners, social workers, patient navigators, a dedicated pharmacist and other specialists to provide the highest quality care for all our patients.
Normally the heart pumps oxygen-rich blood through the body. If you have heart failure, the heart is not pumping as well as it should. This can be caused by damage to the heart or another condition. If the heart isn’t pumping like it should, the body doesn’t get the oxygen it needs to work properly.
The human heart is about the size of a closed fist. It has four chambers and is made of strong muscles that push blood from chamber to chamber. The top chambers are called atria, and the lower ones are called ventricles. In order to get blood where it needs to go in the body, the heart muscle has to squeeze and release in a certain way.
If you have heart failure, the heart cannot squeeze and release in the correct way. Heart failure can affect the left side of the heart, the right side or both sides.
Typically, heart failure is cause by atherosclerosis — when the arteries become narrower from the buildup of fatty deposits (plaque) along the walls of the artery.
There are also lifestyle factors that increase the risk of heart failure, including smoking, diabetes, obesity and lack of physical activity.
Other risk factors for heart failure include:
After a complete physical examination by your health care provider, you might be given some tests to check for heart issues. Those tests might include:
Heart failure affects your entire body. Los síntomas más comunes incluyen:
There are other symptoms as well. Because the heart can’t get necessary oxygen to the entire body, you may feel confused or disoriented. The heart also may beat faster. You may have nausea, loss of appetite or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen.
There are six lifestyle changes you can make to help manage heart failure and help you feel better.
There are also some medications used for heart failure. When your body is under stress, such as it is during heart failure, it releases hormones designed to compensate for the loss of heart function. The drugs to stop those hormones from damaging the heart include:
With the proper lifestyle adjustments, and medication or other interventions, you can live a healthy and full life, even with heart failure. The multidisciplinary team at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute works to create a custom plan to take care of all your needs, from diagnosis and medication management to support groups and resources to secure the medications you need.
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