Heart Failure

Do You Have Heart Failure?

Do You Have Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a condition in which a weak or over worked heart doesn’t pump efficiently enough, to adequately supply the body with blood. Usually this occurs because the heart muscle is damaged, and its contractions weaken.

Symptoms of heart failure :

When the heart becomes weak, blood flow slows and fluid builds up in the heart, lungs, and body tissues while muscles are denied oxygen. This can result in; Shortness of breath, trouble breathing during activity or rest, a persistent cough or raspy wheezing and breathing, tiredness and fatigue as a result of every day activities, swollen ankles legs or feet, dementia, sudden weight gain due to fluid build up, rapid or irregular beats as the heart tries to compensate for inefficient pumping.

Two life style diseases, that lead to heart attack or heart failure are; High Cholesterol, and High Blood pressure. Have you been told that you have high cholesterol, or high blood pressure? If the answer is yes, you will be concerned. The great news is; high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are reversible . To reverse these diseases you need to change your life style.

Are you ready to make some life style changes and to heal your body? If so visit www.herbs4health.net and print off the E book “ 9 Steps To A Healthy Vibrant Body” In this book you will find valuable information on changing you life style, and changing your diet. Are you motivated to make these changes? If so, you have one other consideration.

Your body needs vitamins and minerals; You should be taking; calcium and magnesium, a multi vitamin with a high vitamin B content and trace minerals (sometimes this is available in a multi mineral combination), and you need a special herbal product designed for the cardiovascular system. Remember that, in order to get the goodness from your supplements they need to be a liquid herbal extract.

We have only touched the tip of the ice burg with this information, I would like to suggest that you read the book, Left For Dead” by Dick Quinn. This book is a wealth of information on heart disease and how to heal yourself.

In the book Dick says “after my heart attack and failed by pass, I saved my life and beat heart disease, without drugs, you can too”. Your healing is in your hands, the more you know, the better you are prepared to heal yourself ,and have a healthy vibrant body.

I am Jane Kriese, I am the web master for the site, www.herbsforhealthstore.biz I am a business woman, author, wife and mother. My passion is the holistic world. I love to study, and write articles, about holistic cures for life style diseases.

It is exciting to educate people, and watch as they change their life style by, introducing holistic products, and new habits, into their life. Many of these people have healed their bodies. The holistic world is full of hope and joy, and I believe with effort we can have a healthy vibrant body. © 2005 Jane Kriese janes-store@telus.net

FAQ 

 

 

What are the 4 stages of heart failure?

There are four stages of heart failure – stage A, B, C and D – which range from high risk of developing heart failure to advanced heart failure.

What causes heart failure?

High blood pressure (hypertension or HBP) Uncontrolled HBP is a major risk factor for developing heart failure. When pressure in the blood vessels is too high, the heart must pump harder than normal to keep the blood circulating. This takes a toll on the heart, and over time the chambers get larger and weaker.

How long can I survive with heart failure?

In general, about half of all people diagnosed with congestive heart failure will survive five years. About 30% will survive for 10 years. In patients who receive a heart transplant, about 21% of patients are alive 20 years later.

Can a heart failure be cured?

For most people, heart failure is a long-term condition that can’t be cured. But treatment can help keep the symptoms under control, possibly for many years. The main treatments are: healthy lifestyle changes.

What are the signs of worsening heart failure?

** Signs of Worsening Heart Failure

* Shortness of breath.

* Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.

* Weight gain of three or more pounds in one day.

* Weight gain of five pounds in one week.

* Unusual swelling in the legs, feet, hands, or abdomen.

* A persistent cough or chest congestion (the cough may be dry or hacking)

What is the first stage of heart failure?

Heart failure signs and symptoms may include: Shortness of breath with activity or when lying down. Fatigue and weakness. Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet.

What can worsen heart failure?

Heart failure can get worse suddenly. If this happens, you will need emergency care. To prevent sudden heart failure, you need to avoid things that can trigger it. These include eating too much salt, missing a dose of your medicine, and exercising too hard.

How long does end stage heart failure last?

Patients are considered to be in the terminal end stage of heart disease when they have a life expectancy of six months or less. Only a doctor can make a clinical determination of congestive heart failure life expectancy.

What are the signs of end stage congestive heart failure?

The symptoms of end-stage congestive heart failure include dyspnea, chronic cough or wheezing, edema, nausea or lack of appetite, a high heart rate, and confusion or impaired thinking. Learn about the hospice eligibility requirements for end-stage heart failure.

Can ECG detect heart failure?

Tests you may have to diagnose heart failure include: blood tests – to check whether there’s anything in your blood that might indicate heart failure or another illness. an electrocardiogram (ECG) – this records the electrical activity of your heart to check for problems.

What is the first line treatment for heart failure?

First-line drug therapy for all patients with HFrEF should include an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and beta blocker. These medications have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality.

What drugs should be avoided in heart failure?

** Drugs to Be Avoided in Congestive Heart Failure

*Calcium Channel Blockers.

*Antiarrhythmic Agents.

*Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID)

*COX-2 selective inhibitors.

*Aspirin.

*Antidepressants.

*Chemotherapy.

*Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha inhibitors (TNF-alpha)

Do heart failure patients sleep a lot?

Fatigue. Heart failure can make you feel worn out. Things that wouldn’t have tired you out in the past suddenly do. You’re more likely to feel tired all of the time with advanced heart failure.

Can stress cause heart failure?

Stress can cause a heart attack, sudden cardiac death, heart failure, or arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) in persons who may not even know they have heart disease.

What  are the symptoms of a weak heart?

* Signs of a Weakened Heart Muscle

* Shortness of breath (also known as dyspnea), particularly when you lie down or exert yourself.

* Chest pain, especially a heavy sensation in your chest indicative of heart failure caused by a heart attack.

* Fatigue.

* Swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet (also known as edema)

Which fruit is best for heart?

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are jam-packed with important nutrients that play a central role in heart health. Berries are also rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which protect against the oxidative stress and inflammation that contribute to the development of heart disease.

What foods should be avoided with congestive heart failure?

5 Foods to Avoid When You Have Heart Failure

* Salt (Sodium) When you have heart failure, you absolutely must avoid salt.

* Potato Chips. Potato chips represent a classic “worst food” for people with heart failure because they’re high in both fat and sodium.

* Wine.

* White Bread.

* Water.

What is the most common cause of heart failure?

The most common conditions that can lead to heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and previous heart attack.

How should you sleep with heart failure?

Sleeping on your right side may be the best option for people with heart failure. Although some people think sleeping on your right side could restrict blood flow back to the heart, there’s not enough evidence to prove that it’s harmful.