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Learning To Live Again With Congestive Heart Failure

Oct 20, 2007
Congestive heart failure, as well as all the risks that go along with it, can be a terrifying prospect for any man, woman or child. The affect of a heart, the body's central tool for survival, no longer performing may appear like the very beginning of the end. The nice news is, by establishing an effective treatment plan with your cardiologist the prognosis, and the chances for you to lead a typical life, grow exponentially.

Congestive heart failure starts while the heart can no longer efficiently pump blood through the body. The blood pools, and whilst organs are poor of vital, life conveying oxygen and nutrients the excess sodium that would ordinarily be excreted in the urine builds up in the tissues, resulting in fluid retention that leads to to organ tension and the dyspnea that is so typical in cases of congestive heart failure. Left untreated, the oxygen impoverished organs will in time cease to work and the patient will die.

Fortunately, there are now innumerable ways to contend against the mortality aspect allied with heart failure. Doctors can prescribe medications to promote the flow of blood all through the body and take some of the pressure off the heart; blood thinners can decrease the chances of clots forming in the veins. Leaving out medicinal means, there are many and various factors that may be altered in your lifestyle to influence the prognosis of your disease.

It is of vital importance that the body be allowed adequate time to take a rest during the day. While at ease the heart can more readily pump blood around the body; just as you would relax an injured leg when it began to hurt, you ought to take it easy your heart also. On the flip side, it is significant to establish an every day work-out routine. It doesn't have to be three hours of aerobics; a half hour walk every day would carry a greater impact on your physical being than nothing whatever. Sit down together with your medical practitioner to find the course of action that works best for your individual circumstances.

As well as a course of action you must work with your attending physician to find the best diet format for you. In most cases a low sodium diet is recommended to help lower fluid retention. Diuretics can significantly affect the levels of potassium in the body causing hypokalemia, which can lead to muscle weakness, paralysis and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia; therefore, very often if you been prescribed a diuretic a daily a potassium supplement will also be given

Nicotine can bring forth a serious issue for patients with heart failure. It increases the heart rate and blood pressure while having a detrimental affect on the oxygen level in the blood. All of these things cause the heart to function harder. It is strongly recommended that if you have been diagnosed with congestiveheart failure you withdraw from smoking completely.

Hand in glove with smoking are the intrinsic dangers associated with contracting a case of pneumonia or flu. If you are able you had better lay hands on an yearly flu shot, as well as the one time dose of pneumococcal vaccine. This will provide some level of protection against pneumococci bacteria, the major source of bacterial pneumonia. Pneumonia is an issue for the same reasons as smoking; the decreased oxygen levels in the blood make the heart work harder in an attempt to compensate and get oxygen to the organs and tissues. If possible, steer clear of crowded areas during cold and flu season, and stay away from people you understand are affected

Amazingly, something as simple as the clothes you wear can impact your condition if you have suffered congestive heart failure. Tight clothing can be the cause of blood clots and restrict blood flow to the extremities. In addition, in cases of excessive temperature your clothes ought to be weather appropriate; if the body has to function harder to uphold its temperature the heart will have to work so much more.

Sexual relations can on the whole be continued as before; yet, they should occur in as peaceful an environment as is possible to ward off any undue pressure. If your condition is severe it is significant that you talk over this with your family doctor; it may be important to forego sexual relations for a time in favor of other, less tiring shows of affection.

Each and every one of these steps will help you continue to live much as you did prior to being diagnosed. Congestive heart failure will certainly influence your life; it is entirely up to you how much.
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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