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Congestive Heart Failure And The Risks To You

Oct 14, 2007
Congestive heart failure is a dramatic and potentially deadly occurrence. It is a contributing factor is the deaths of 300,000 more individuals each year. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood efficiently to all tissues. Congestive heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalization for people over 65 years of age. Congestive heart failure is easily confused with breathing difficulties, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, and asthma.

The human body is a fantastic machine that works in harmony with nature. The machinery needs proper care and sometimes parts replaced on occasion. Likewise the heart also needs help to prevent failure. It may not pump enough blood to meet your body's needs, which can lead into congestive heart failure. Many other underlying conditions can also cause congestive heart failure.

Over time and with the wear and tear of the body the heart can develop such things as coronary artery disease or high blood pressure, which can lead to congestive heart failure. These things sap your strength leaving the heart with the inability to pump efficiently causing a very dangerous break down. It is very important that you take care of yourself because these things while not reversible are quite preventable.

There are many medicines and proceedures that can treat the conditions you have to improve your survival rate. These medications if taken properly can help control your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other things that might be adversely affecting your heart. The field of medicine has come a very long way in recent years providing medicines to prevent congestive heart failure.

The cardiologist who is a heart specialist can inform you about surgical techniques such as by-pass surgery or stents to help open up the flow of your blood through your veins. Many things are possible to help prolong your life. You need only ask your doctor for advice as to what you need. It is quite possible for you to do things for yourself that will help a heart in good health.

Congestive heart failure may be prevented by making changes to your lifestyle. This does not always need to be a big change but some things in your life are controllable. Firstly look at your diet. Eating a heart healthy diet is very important for your heart. Watch out for excessive salt intake, fatty foods, and sweet indulgences as these can cause congestive heart failure. The problem of being over weight can lead to other problems such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. These conditions need to be kept under control in order to prevent congestive heart failure. In today's world it is increasingly important to know how to manage stress, overcome depression and simply improve the quality of our life.

Managing stress can become a stressful problem in itself for many people. Many people enjoy the benefit of belonging to a gym or owning equipment that they use in their homes. Some of us do not have the time, money, or space to afford such items. A person who sits daily in his office may feel the tensions building up to the point of no relief and even go into a depressive condition. This is very bad for the your heart. Our hearst feels our emotions like love, sadness, hate, excitement along with stress and depression. Congestive heart failure is the number one killer of men and women can be easily be prevented. Prevention begins at home with you learning to take care of your needs.

Please remember that if you are not taking care to prevent congestive heart failure you will be missing all those extra years with your loved ones and friends. My grandmother died before the birth of my children and I have always regretted that she didn't get to meet them. She was a very heavy smoker for many years and it seriously impacted on her health. Even what might be considered small steps will help to ensure that you don't become a victim of congestive heart failure.
About the Author
Mark has suffered with a congestive heart problem since 1994 and is now severely disabled. He now maintains a website for anyone who wants information on congestive heart problems. More informative articles on Heart Disease are available here
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