On December 28, 2022
What is Heart Failure
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Symptoms of heart failure may include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet.
Treatment for heart failure may include medications to improve heart function, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, surgery. Lifestyle changes may include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress. It is important for people with heart failure to work closely with their healthcare team to develop a treatment plan that is right for them.
Living with heart failure can be challenging, but there are steps that can be taken to manage the condition and improve quality of life. These may include:
- Taking medications as prescribed
- Monitoring symptoms and reporting any changes to a healthcare provider
- Getting regular check-ups and following up with a healthcare provider as recommended
- Making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly
- Managing stress and getting enough rest
It is also important for people with heart failure to be aware of the signs of worsening heart failure, which may include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. If these symptoms occur, it is important to contact a healthcare provider right away.
Heart failure is a serious condition that requires ongoing management, but with the right treatment and lifestyle changes, people with heart failure can live long, active lives.
Article written by Best Cardiologist
Dr Rahul D Sawant
MRCP. CCT Cardiology UK